Jannayak Janta Party leader Dushyant Chautala
Jannayak Janta Party leader Dushyant Chautala

The Haryana Assembly on Thursday passed a Bill to give 75 per cent reservation in the private sector to job seekers from the state, fulfilling an election promise made by the ruling alliance partner, the Jannayak Janta Party.

The Haryana State Employment of Local Candidates Bill, 2020, provides the quota for local people in private sector jobs that offer a salary of less than Rs 50,000 a month. It applies to private companies, societies, trusts and partnership firms, among others, located in the state.

The state governor has to give assent to the bill before it becomes law.

The Bill provides for training to eligible local candidates when qualified people are not available.

The legislation was tabled by Haryana Deputy Chief Minister Dushyant Chautala in the assembly on Thursday, when it began the second part of its monsoon session.

Giving 75 per cent reservation in private sector jobs was a key poll promise by Chautala's Jannayak Janta Party, which is the BJP's coalition partner in the state.

After the House passed the Bill, Chautala said the promise made to lakhs of youth has been fulfilled.

Earlier this year, the BJP-JJP government had failed to get Governor Satyadeo Narain Arya's assent to an ordinance on job quota. Narain had sent the ordinance to the President for his consideration.

The state government had then said that it will table a job quota Bill during the Vidhan Sabha's monsoon session. But amid fears of coronavirus infection the House sat only for one day in August, only to resume now.

When asked about the Governor's move, Chautala had then said that since some provisions in the ordinance gave it "an overriding effect over other laws", Narain may have decided to refer the matter to the President.

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