Gurgaon: Facing criticism from the industry, the Haryana government has invited ‘suggestions’ and ‘feedback’ from companies and entrepreneurs’ associations before it frames rules for the new domicile quota law mandating 75% reservation for locals in jobs with salaries up to Rs 50,000.
The state has sought the responses by March 21, after which it has decided to hold consultations with industry representatives.
Earlier this week, the IT industry’s alarm at the new law was expressed in a Nasscom survey of 73 companies, 80% of which said the new law would negatively impact their future business operations and investment plans. The survey also highlighted that in the specified salary range, there were huge skill gaps in Haryana and 81% employees in this bracket came from outside the state.
“We have received a letter from the government and are currently discussing it internally. We will revert to the government with suggestions,” a spokesperson for the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) said. The move has, however, done little comfort industries, which see the law as restrictive and retrograde.
“The government has asked us for suggestions on rules (that are to be framed). However, our only suggestion is to take the law back and focus on skilling people so that they can be employed by companies without any force,” said Deepak Maini, general secretary of Federation of Indian Industry, Haryana.
An entrepreneur said even sending feedback was a validation of the law. “If we submit suggestions and feedback, it would mean we are agreeing with the decision to pass this bill and we do not want to send that message. Hence, we will refrain from submitting any suggestions,” the entrepreneur said.
A source close to deputy chief minister Dushyant Chautala, who is also the state’s industries minister, said, “We have sought suggestions from some industry bodies that had expressed their objections to the law. Once the suggestions come in, we will have several rounds of consultations with these associations.” Chautala could not be reached for a comment. The source said the state government was open to suggestions for changes. Chautala had earlier said the rules would be notified within March. However, with the consultation process now set to begin, it is likely to be delayed.