Giving a relief to labour intensive industry, The Punjab and Haryana High Court quashed the Haryana Government’s law guaranteeing 75 per cent reservation to locals in private sector jobs in Haryana.
While hearing multiple petitions against the implementation of the law, the court pronounced the order to quash the law – Haryana State Employment of Local Candidates Act, 2020, asserting it was unconstitutional.
The detailed order is awaited.
Garment factories in Gurgaon and Faridabad were strongly against this law as majority of the workforce in garment industry is still migratory and local don’t prefer to be on the shop floor as workers. There are lakhs of workers working in the garment factories in both apparel manufacturing hubs.
The Haryana Government had notified the ‘Haryana State Employment of Local Candidates Act, 2020’ on 15th January, 2022. The act applied to private sector companies, societies, trusts, limited liability partnership firms, partnership firms, and any person who employed 10 or more persons on salary, wages, or other remuneration for manufacturing, carrying on business, or rendering any service in Haryana.
Against this decision of the Government, various industry associations from Gurugram, Faridabad, and Sonipat districts of Haryana had sought judicial recourse and had submitted that the law goes against constitutional provisions and the basic principle of merit underpinning private sector growth.