The Karnataka government has reiterated its stance on 80% reservation in jobs for locals (Kannadigas) in private firms.
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- There has been a long term demand for seeking more jobs for Kannadigas in State-Run enterprises and job reservation for locals in the private sector.
- Earlier, the Karnataka government amended the Karnataka Industrial Employment (Standing Orders) Rules,1961.
- It sought to reserve 100% jobs for locals (Kannadigas) vis-a-vis group ‘C’ and group ‘D’ jobs in the private sector.
- It became a point of contention as the activists pointed out that the amended rules only asked industrial establishments to give priority to Kannadigas.
- It was neither made mandatory nor attracted any punitive measures in case of violation of rules.
Merits of the Case
- In line with the welfarist approach of State government
- Ensuring share of natives in the developmental process
- Sons of soil politics may strengthen sub-nationalism with a similar chorus growing in Maharashtra, M.P, Haryana, Odisha, Himachal, etc.
- In contravention with Article 16.
- Compromise with a merit-based system
- Definition of a local (Kannadiga) not delineated properly.
- It comes as a disadvantage for the locals as companies quite often export the local talent to other parts of India or the world to help them gain exposure.
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