The Haryana State Assembly has finally passed the much-debated Haryana State Employment of Local Candidates Bill, 2020 (“Bill”), which seeks to mandate 75% job reservation for local candidates in the private sector. The Haryana Government believes that giving preference to local candidates in low-paid jobs is socially, economically, and environmentally desirable and benefits the public at large. If enacted, the Haryana State Employment of Local Candidates Act, 2020 (“Act”) will apply to all the businesses in Haryana irrespective of whether they are profit-oriented or not. The moot question is whether the plus for local labour will be at the expense of business standards and professional goals.
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Article by Minu Dwivedi and Shreya Chowdhury