'Marathi Manoos to fill-up 80 pc local jobs'

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Mumbai, Nov 18: Maharashtra government on Monday, Nov 17 announced to reserve about 80 per cent of jobs to local people in state industries. This move can be viewed as an action to counter the ongoing agitation led by Maharashtra Navnirman Sena(MNS) chief Raj Thackeray.

An official statement released on Monday, Nov 17 said, "Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh had been following up the issue for a long time. The Industries, Energy and Labour department took a decision for setting aside 80 percent jobs to the locals. The statement also says that anyone who has been residing for over 15 years in Maharashtra would be considered as a 'local'.

A committee will be set-up at state level and district level to ensure implementation of the decision. The panel would meet at least three times a year and would review status of the decision. It would also suggest measures to provide maximum jobs to locals.

Sources say that a procedure has been fixed to enure that the officer making the recruitment should know Marathi language. The decision provides for reservation of 50 per cent in supervisory category.

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