Haryana’s 75% Quota In Private Sector Scrapped By Court

The decision is being seen as a big setback for the Manohar Lal Khattar-led government.

New Delhi:

The controversial Haryana law mandating 75% reservation for residents of the state in private-sector jobs has been struck down by the Punjab and Haryana High Court, which has termed it unconstitutional.

The Haryana State Employment of Local Candidates Bill, which underwent several changes after it was passed in 2020, provided for 75% of private-sector jobs with a monthly salary or wages of less than Rs 30,000 being reserved for people with a resident or domicile certificate. The domicile requirement had been brought down from 15 years to five. 

With less than a year to go for the Assembly elections in Haryana, the decision is being seen as a big setback for the Manohar Lal Khattar-led government, which had brought in the law with an eye on consolidating the votes of local communities, especially the Jat community. The state is likely to appeal the judgment in the Supreme Court. 

The bill, which was passed by the Haryana Assembly in November 2020 and had received the governor’s assent in March 2021, was seen as the brainchild of the Jannayak Janata Party, which is an ally of the BJP in the state, and whose leader, Dushyant Chautala, serves as the deputy chief minister. Providing the reservation was one of the key promises made by Mr Chautala ahead of the 2019 Assembly elections.

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