The Haryana government on Thursday passed a bill to provide 75% reservation to local candidates applying to private sector jobs in the state that pay less than Rs 50,000 per month, PTI reported. The ordinance was one of the key promises made by the ruling alliance partner Jannayak Janta Party during the Assembly elections of 2019.

Once it becomes the law, the Haryana State Employment of Local Candidates Bill, 2020 will apply to companies, societies, trusts, limited liability partnership firms, partnership firms etc. located across the state.

The bill, tabled by Deputy Chief Minister Dushyant Chautala, also contains a clause that allows companies to hire an outsider only if they are unable to find a suitable local candidate for a job profile, according to NDTV. But in such a scenario, they would first have to inform the government about their decision.

However, since this contravenes Article 14 and 19 of the Indian Constitution – on equality before the law and the right to practice any profession anywhere in India – the bill needs the assent of President Ram Nath Kovind before it becomes law.

The bill also appoints a “designated officer” to act as a representative of the government who will rule on companies invoking the exemption...

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