New Delhi: Keeping up the pressure on the industry to take concrete steps for SCs and STs by way of giving them preference in employment, the Prime Minister’s Office has convened a meeting on 14 July with heads of leading business chambers on affirmative action.
The meeting has been convened by Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister TKA Nair who is also Chairman of the Coordination Committee on Affirmative Action (AA), which monitors implementation of the action plan by the private sector.
Heads and senior representatives of the three apex chambers — CII, FICCI and Assocham — will make detailed presentations on the specific steps being taken by them for creating employment for SC/STs and initiating entrepreneurial development programmes.
Issues like inclusion of employment break up for SC/STs in the annual report of companies and implementation of the code of conduct devised by the J J Irani Committee would also come up for discussion, sources said.
On the issue of the SC/ST data being included in annual reports, there is division among the three chambers. According to the sources, while Assocham and CII have agreed to advise their members to incorporate these details in the annual reports, FICCI is opposed to the idea.
There is a division among them even on the question of creating a baseline data for SC/ST employment. The government wants the industry to compile such data and Assocham and CII are inclined to follow the directive, but FICCI is apprehensive about the same.