New Delhi : A day after the release of its manifesto for the general elections 2014, the Congress party has clarified that it does not have any plans for introducing any kind of job reservations in the private sector.” There is no question of reservations. We have only proposed affirmative action only if there is a political consensus,” clarifi-ed party spokesperson Sanjay Jha.
He stressed that the concept of introducing affirmative action in the private sector has been on the anvil for quite some time, and even Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had discussed it with private sector organisations.
“When he have promised that we shall create 10 crore jobs over the next five years, one of the logical fall outs is that all sections must get an opportunity to participate in this growth process, and thus this idea,” he added.
A big push for business coupled with empowerment opportunities for the poor are the twin planks of the Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi’s reach out for this election, as the Congress battles twin anti-incumbency in the April-May elections. There had been concerns that in an attempt to woo the voters the party had promised job reservations in the private sector as well.
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