Thursday, May 12, 2011

[ZESTCaste] CII boost for affirmative action

CII boost for affirmative action
HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times
Mumbai, May 11, 2011

Amid talks that the Centre is mulling job reservation for
underprivileged sections in the private sector, the industry lobby
Confederation of Indian Industry has a set a voluntary affirmative
action target for its member companies, of employing 50,000 scheduled
cast and scheduled tribe people i
n 2011-12.

Another 50,000 people from these sections will be given skill
development training, CII president said B Muthuraman said here on

Working in tandem with the Dalit Chamber of India, CII member
companies will also increase procurement from SC/ST entreprenuers to
15-20% during the year. A website detailing CII members' affirmative
action initiatives will be set up soon, he said.

The industry body plans to submit to the government a review of its
affirmative action efforts each quarter. "Our position on affirmative
action is that anything that is forced upon anyone will not work,"
Muthuraman said. "But companies should feel the need to employ people
from weaker sections of the society. The industry realises that if
this (affirmative action) is not done it can impede growth."

He said the CII would create four new skill development hubs and set
up 30 new district level 'gurukuls' (skill development centres). He
also said a CII task force chaired by Adi Godrej, president designate,
CII will spearhead efforts to develop a code of conduct on integrity
and transparency in governance.


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