New domicile Bill waits, Soren govt goes ahead with 75% quota for ‘locals’ as per 1985 cut-off

With the fate of the new domicile draft Bill which defines a local in Jharkhand based on the 1932 land records hanging, the state’s move to implement 75% reservation for “locals” in private jobs will for now go with the 1985 cut-off date.

On Monday, following a marathon meeting called by Chief Minister Hemant Soren, it was decided that the Jharkhand State Employment of Local Candidates in Private Sector Act, 2021, would be implemented from next month. As per the Act, 75% of jobs in private sectors with salaries up to Rs 40,000 are to be reserved for “locals” in the state.

The Soren government, which had passed the domicile Bill amidst much fanfare, has already clarified that it will come into force after the Centre has carried out an amendment to include it in the Ninth Schedule, putting it beyond judicial review. With that unlikely soon, it means “locals” in the state will be defined as per the executive order passed in 2016 by the then Raghubar Das-led BJP government, which set the cut-off year at 1985 for proof of residence.

A source in the government admitted that 75% quota for now would benefit locals decided as per 1985 cut-off date.

As per this Act, a ‘Local Candidate’ is a candidate belonging to Jharkhand and registered on the designated portal as may be notified by the state government from time to time. It defines employers as MSMEs, such as all shops, establishments, mines, enterprises, industries, companies, societies, trusts, Limited Liability Partnership firms and any person employing 10 or more persons.

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