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PMO seeks review of affirmative action

business Updated: Jul 13, 2007 20:21 IST
Gaurav Choudhury
Gaurav Choudhury
Hindustan Times
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The Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) has convened a meeting on Saturday to take stock of India Inc’s affirmative action plan on jobs for the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes.

Principal Secretary in the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) TKA Nair will chair the meeting. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh constituted a coordination committee for affirmative action in the private sector in October last year headed by Nair.

In March this year, the government had asked India Inc to incorporate employment data of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes in their annual reports for the year 2006-07. The government has asked industry to compile base-line data on such employment in order to enable an assessment of industry-wise progress.

The government has also sought to know whether the companies can select from a band of suitable candidates so that Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe candidates falling within this band can be recruited in larger numbers.

The three apex industry chambers – the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry (Assocham), Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (Ficci) and the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII)—will make presentations on the progress in voluntary affirmative action.

The CII and Assocham had submitted to the government a joint affirmative action plan in July last year that committed to encourage employment of persons from socially backward communities at all levels, including managerial posts, progressively and had said efforts would be more visible in a year.

Specifically, the plan states that larger companies will mentor and create at least one entrepreneur from the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes a year. To begin with, 100 entrepreneurs will be created in the first year, which will be scaled up.