The Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) has convened a meeting next week to take stock of India Inc’s voluntary affirmative action plan on jobs to scheduled caste (SC) and scheduled tribe (ST) individuals.
Principal secretary in the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) TKA Nair would chair the meeting. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh constituted a coordination committee for affirmative action in the private sector in October 2006 headed by Nair.
Last year, the government had asked India Inc to incorporate employment data of SCs and STs in their annual reports for the year 2006-07.
The government has asked the industry to compile base-line data on SC/ST employment in the private sector in order to ascertain the industry-wise progress later.
“In the last meeting, there was a general agreement that, other things being equal, SC/ST candidates would be given preference in employment. They (industry chambers) had agreed that they would include reporting of data on the new employment for SC/ST persons,” said a government official.
The government has also sought to know, whether the companies could select from a band of suitable and competent candidates so that SC/ST candidates falling within the band of eligible persons could be recruited in larger numbers.
Industry captains representing the three apex chambers — Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry (Assocham), Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (Ficci) and Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) — will make presentations on the progress made in the voluntary affirmative action plan submitted by industry.