SC sets aside Punjab and Haryana HC's order on law for 75% jobs to locals
New Delhi, Feb 17: The Supreme Court has set aside a Punjab and Haryana High Court order staying the Haryana government's law on providing 75 per cent reservation in private sector jobs for local candidates. The apex court had asked the high court to decide on the issue within a month and direct State govt not to take any coercive steps against the employers for the time being.
Earlier, the top court had on Friday asked the Solicitor General if it should hear all such matters pending in various high courts together.
Seeking to enlarge the scope of hearing on a Haryana law providing for 75 per cent quota to local people in private sector jobs, the Supreme Court on Friday asked the Solicitor General if it should hear all such matters pending in various high courts together.
Pointing out that similar laws have been passed in Andhra Pradesh and Jharkhand and they have been challenged in the high courts, the Bench had asked Mehta to verify it and gather the details.
The Punjab and Haryana High Court had on February 3 stayed the Haryana State Employment of Local Candidates Act, 2020, and admitted a petition challenging its validity. The high court's order had come on a petition filed by various industries associations from Faridabad, Gurugram and other places.
Notified in November last year, the law provides for 75 per cent reservation for local youth in private sector jobs that offer a monthly salary of less than Rs 30,000 from January 15, 2022.
The petitioners before the HC contended that the Act under challenge was against the provisions of the Constitution and went against the basic principle of meritocracy that acted as the foundation for businesses to grow and remain competitive.
The Haryana government wanted to create reservation in the private sector by introducing the policy of 'Sons of Soil', which was an infringement of constitutional rights of the employers, they submitted.
The petitioners contended that private-sector jobs were purely based on the skills and analytical blend of mind of the employees who were citizens of India having constitutional rights on the basis of their education to work in any part of India.