CII turns down govt advice on ombudsman for SC/ST jobs
Press Trust of India / New Delhi January 01, 2011, 0:05 IST
The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) today turned down a
direction of the government for appointing an ombudsman to track job
creation for scheduled castes (SCs) and scheduled tribes (STs). It
said it cannot create such an institution.
However, the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry
(Ficci) had appointed noted industrialist Y K Modi as an ombudsman for
overseeing employment generation for the weaker sections. Due to his
pre-occupations, Modi had since vacated this post and Ficci was
looking for an alternative, chamber sources said.
The Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (Assocham)
has nominated heads of four regional chambers — Madras Chamber of
Commerce, Bombay Chamber of Commerce, Merchant Chamber and PHDCCI — as
"The Assocham president will be an arbitrator at the apex level. We
have conveyed this to the Prime Minister's Office," Assocham Secretary
General D S Rawat said.
But CII maintained that it had no mandate to create such an
institution. "A formal position of ombudsman was not created since
industry associations like CII do not have the legal mandate to create
and empower such a person, since discharge of duties of an ombudsman
could need semi-judicial powers," CII said in a statement.
CII said "its decision" had already been made known. In a recent
letter to the industry bodies, the government had sought the status
from the chambers on the issue.
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