Friday, May 20, 2011

[ZESTCaste] ST/SC quota in private sector back on agenda

ST/SC quota in private sector back on agenda

By Ajay Kumar Shukla May 19 2011
Tags: ST/SC, News
The government seems to have brought back to fore its social and
economic inclusion agenda. It has pressed for scheduled caste (SC) and
scheduled tribe (ST) jobs reservations in private sector.

Sanjeev Kumar, joint secretary, ministry of social justice and
empowerment emphasised the need for more SCs and STs participation in
private sector and sought larger corporate initiative in this regard.

"SCs are still lagging behind. The government has been making efforts
for their empowerment. Now, corporate world must complement the
government's efforts," he said, while speaking at a CSR conclave.

It was VP Singh-led Janta Dal government in 1990 that first proposed
reservation for SCs and STs in private sector jobs. UPA government had
tried to push for similar reservations, but due to hu-ge pressure from
India Inc, the move was hanging fire.

Unlike most of the industry chieftains, Videocon chairman, Venugopal
Dh-oot said, "We support any such move. I feel this will help in
bringing back balance in the Indian society". Videocon employs around
10,000 people.

However, Ficci director general Rajiv Kumar said that any mandatory
reservation norm for SCs/STs would not be a good idea for
competitiveness and gro-wth of Indian industry. "Any such move would
have discriminatory effect on the industry. Reservations wou-ld never
solve any problem, but will make the situation worse," he said.

Nasscom foundation ch-ief executive offer Reeta Soni said we should
value diversity and treat that as business opportunity.

Sangita Gairola, special secretary, ministry of social justice and
empowerment said "It's not only the government's responsibility to
create an equitable and harmonious society. The private players should
also chip in.

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