UP government implements reservation for locals in private jobs in Greater Noida, MNCs cry foul

After Haryana, the Uttar Pradesh government implemented 40% reservation for local youths in private companies in Greater Noida on Wednesday. The move has invited a mixed response.

On Wednesday, the Uttar Pradesh government issued an order to implement 40 per cent reservation for local youths in private companies in Greater Noida. The Greater Noida Industrial Development Authority’s circular declared that there must be “more than or equal to 40 per cent employment to local employees” in the industries across the authority area.

This comes a day after Bharatiya Kisan Union leader Rakesh Tikait said that the farmers protesting against the three controversial farm laws are planning to block the Noida-Delhi border over lack of employment opportunities for local youths from the Jat and Gurjar communities in Noida among other things.

The UP government’s decision has drawn sharp criticism from corporate multinational companies. Local legislators, however, supported and welcomed the move on social media.

“A long-pending demand”

“It was a long-pending demand. The local youth will now get job opportunities according to their eligibility,” said Dhirendra Singh, MLA from Jewar constituency of Uttar Pradesh.

A major part of the Greater Noida Industrial Development Authority also falls in Dadri constituency; the local MLA Tejpal Nagar claimed that this order will be a milestone in providing employment to the local youth.

“I thank Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and Minister of Industrial Development Satish Mahana for agreeing to our long-pending demand. During the last Assembly session, I was the one who raised the question of reservation for local youths in the industries,” he said.

“Unnecessary intervention”

However, Sameer Saxena, founder member of the Global Association for Corporate Services (GACS), said that this decision will bring complexity and unnecessary intervention of government employees into the private sector.

“There needs to be more clarity on who is a local. Do all those who have a rent agreement or local address proof fall in this category? How will we hire 40 per cent of our workforce from a small group of people? This will lead to industries avoiding setting up in the city. In the Business Process Outsourcing (BPOs) and Knowledge Process Outsourcing (KPOs) companies, we have unskilled employees but all of them require impeccable English skills – spoken and written. How will we ensure 40 per cent local reservation in that?” asked Saxena.

Rahul Lal, a corporate leader and a member of GACS, declared that the cities of Noida and Greater Noida have been built by migrants.

“There was no major old city in this area. The migrant skilled and unskilled workers made their way to this region and made it what it is today. Reducing migrant influx will not only hamper the supply of working hands in the corporate sector but will also affect the growth of the city. We need to have a free hand in hiring professionals for our companies so we can do our business and pay taxes for the betterment of the city,” he said.

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