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Haryana 75% Quota Law challenged in Punjab & Haryana High Court

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Shivani Gadhavi

Published On: November 25, 2021 at 21:00 IST

A petition was filed in the Punjab and Haryana High Court challenging the Haryana Government’s law to provide 75 per cent reservation to state domiciles in Industries and Private Sector Jobs. An industrialist challenged this and RSS also shown displeasure for bringing in such a legislature.

The petition filed in Punjab and Haryana High Court challenges the “Haryana State Employment of Local Candidates Act, 2020”paving way for more employment opportunities for locals in private sector.

The Act provided 75 per cent of reservation to ‘local youth’ in non-public sector jobs and offered a per month salary of less than Rs 30,000 from January 15, 2022.

It covered private companies, societies, trusts and partnership firms in the state, and any person employing 10 or more persons as per the announcement made by the Haryana Government.

Advocate J.N. Mangla who represents the Gurgaon Industrial Association, in the petition stated, “The impugned Act dated March 2 and further notification dated November 6 was against the provisions of the Constitution and also against the basic principle of meritocracy that acted as the foundation for businesses to grow and remain competitive.”

The Petitioner argued that the formation of the Act violates the constitutional rights of other people who seek to apply for jobs in the State and that this move of the State Government is to create a scheme of “Son of Soils” which would merely support for the domiciles of the State.

The Counsel further stated, “The act of the respondent forcing the employers to employ local candidates in private sector, vide this bill impugned Act, is the violation of the federal structure framed by the Constitution of India, whereby the government cannot act contrary to public interest and cannot benefit one class…”.

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