Commision bats for caste reservation in private SC sector

Commision bats for caste reservation in private SC sector
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First Published: Fri, Oct 15 2010. 09 50 PM IST
Updated: Fri, Oct 15 2010. 09 50 PM IST
New Delhi: The National Commission for Schedule Castes (NCSCs), a constitutional body, will recommend caste based reservation in private sector, said its new chairman P. L Punia, during an interaction with media while assuming the office at New Delhi. At present the reservation is restricted to public sector, educational institutions and government jobs. Punia said, “I will ask the government to implement reservation in private sector.”
His statement assumes importance since it might lead to a stand off between private sector and government, and keeping the debate on resevation in private sector alive. Media reports had emerged in the last week of September saying that three leading industry associations- CII, Ficci and Assocham- had informed the Prime Minister’s Office that they will not be able to reserve jobs for people belonging to scheduled castes (SC) and scheduled tribes (ST). Reports had stated that Hari Bhartia, president of CII, Rajan Mittal, president of Ficci and Swati Piramal, president of Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (Assocham) conveyed their decision in response to a proposal floated by Department of Industry Promotion and Policy insisting 5 % quota for disadvantaged sections like SCs and STs. However, Mint could not independently verify this as CII, Ficci and Assocham declined to comment. The new chairman of NCSCs, who holds the rank of a cabinet minister said, “I will study the subject and recommend the modalities to implement caste based reservation in private sector.”
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First Published: Fri, Oct 15 2010. 09 50 PM IST
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