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Monday, January 02, 2006

Private sector jobs quota: UPA Govt. starts twisting arms

Get set for quota, India Inc told

Flashing the law ministry’s stand that the Centre can extend job quotas to the private sector even without amending the Constitution, the ministry of social justice has started pushing reluctant corporates to act on their own to ward off state intervention.

The point is learnt to have been conveyed by social justice minister Meira Kumar to Infosys chief NR Narayana Murthy and Thermax boss Anu Agha.

In both the cases, the minister was learnt to have told her guests that resistance would leave the government with no option other than bringing in a law to push the quota jurisdiction to private sector.
[Meira Kumar], however, said that the government was making a renewed pitch for voluntary action on the part of the industry.
The social justice minister also made it plain that the government was not satisfied with the offer of the industry to provide training to the target categories.

Narayan Murthy's silence on this issue that has a massive impact on Indian industry (Infosys included) is baffling! Given his recent penchant to rail against politicians (and their non-performance in sectors that mattered, and their interference in sectors beyond their scope), one would think it natural for him to object to this brazen arm-twisting by the UPA govt. Let's keep an eye on this story as it evolves.


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