SC lifts stay on Haryana quota for private jobs
- The Supreme Court squashed a Punjab and Haryana High Court order staying Haryana State Employment of Local Candidates Act.
Haryana State Employment of Local Candidates Act
- a controversial State Act which provides 75% reservation for locals in private sector jobs paying less than ₹30,000 a month.
- An employer faces a fine of ₹10,000 to ₹2 lakh for violation of the Act
- It is said that the Act would impact 48,000 registered companies.
- Reservation in the private sector has not been mentioned in the Constitution.
- The law impacts employment as well as livelihood for many as there were no empirical studies that justify the act.
Supreme Court’s view
- The Supreme Court Bench set aside the stay order of the High Court on the ground that it did not give “sufficient reasons”.
- The Bench observed that every law passed by the legislature was presumed to be legal.
- An order of stay on the implementation by a court of law should be reasoned.
- The SC requested the High Court to decide on the writ petition filed by industrialists within four weeks.
- The Supreme Court ordered the State government not to take any “coercive steps” against employers violating the Act.