The Haryana legislative assembly passed the ‘Haryana State Employment of Local Candidates Bill, 2020’ on 5 November 2020 (as per media reports). The Bill provides for employment of 75% of local candidates (domiciled in the state) by employers in the state of Haryana, with respect to such posts where the gross monthly salary or wages are not more than Rs. 50,000. The Bill applies to Companies, Societies, Trusts, Limited Liability Partnerships Firms, Partnership Firm etc., and any person employing ten or more persons on salary, wages or other remuneration for the purpose of manufacturing or providing any service or any entity, as may be notified by the Government from time to time. The Bill has been opposed for contravention of Article 14 and 19 of the Constitution and the right to practice any profession anywhere in India. Upon coming into force, the Act will cease to have effect on the expiry of ten years from its commencement, except as respect things done or omitted to be done before such cesser.
This legislation has been introduced with the aim of alleviating the social, economic and environmental issues stemming from the influx of a large number of migrants competing for low-paid jobs causing a significant impact on local infrastructure and housing and leading to proliferation of slums. The availability of suitable workforce locally is expected to enhance the efficiency of Industry.
The salient features of the Bill are as follows:
A copy of the Bill, published on 31 October 2020 in the Haryana Government Gazette, is available on below link.
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