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Haryana set to protest stay on 75% reservation, moves Supreme Court

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New Delhi: The state government of Haryana has filed a plea in the Supreme Court challenging a High Court stay on the reservation rule that mandates that 75% of jobs in the private sector of Haryana's economy go to those who are domiciled in Haryana.

Deputy Chief Minister Dushyant Chautala said that the government would continue to "fight for the rights" and employment of Haryanvi youth for which the Haryana State Employment of Local Candidates Act, 2020 was developed.

The High Court had issued a stay on the reservation policy, effective January 15 2022, after the Haryana Industries Association and others had moved the high court against the same. In its petition, Gurgaon Industrial Association said the act was against the provisions of the Constitution and the basic principle of meritocracy.

The law covers private companies, societies, trusts and partnership firms and applies to jobs that offer a maximum gross monthly salary or wages of up to ₹30,000. Central or state governments, or any organisation owned by these governments are outside the ambit of the Act.

Private sector organisations have submitted that the new law went against constitutional provisions and the basic principle of merit underpinning the private sector growth. Experts have also suggested that restricting employment to those working in the state would deprive the private sector of a skilled workforce from other parts of the country whilst not having enough of the same skills in the state.

A bench headed by Chief Justice NV Ramana took note of the submissions of Solicitor General Tushar Mehta on Friday, appearing for the state government, and agreed to list the appeal of the state government.

There are approximately 500 IT-ITES companies in Haryana with over 4 lakh employees, according to a NASSCOM survey from earlier this year. These companies depend on skillsets that aren't easily available in Haryana. The major skill gaps in local candidates cited in the survey include AI and Machine Learning Skills, Analytical and Statistical skills, Finance and Accounting, Programming skills, Data Science, R&D skills, Engineering and technical skills. placing the order of the high court on its record, India Today reported.

Gurgaon has grown from a bullock-cart village to a teeming IT-ITES services and BPO hub due to an incredible talent pool sourced from the furthest corners of India. Business owners and experts fear that the new reservation policy will affect that growth, all the way across white collar and blue collar jobs which require skills not available in the employee pool in the state.


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