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SC lifts stay on Haryana quota for private jobs

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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

Industries’ concerns

  • 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.

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