The Maharashtra government on Monday issued directions to strictly implement its order to industries that 80 per cent of the jobs in the manufacturing units should be given to the locals on priority basis.
Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh has set up committees at state and district level to ensure that industries do employ the locals as per the government’s directions and take action against units that violate the same.
The decision will be applicable to new units for all recruitments and existing units for future recruitments. By locals, the government means, anybody who has been staying in Maharashtra for at least 15 years.
“The decision is applicable to all units in the industries sector like manufacturing, hotels, etc. It will be mandatory for all the units that are availing of government benefits and also to those not availing government benefits,” said Development Commissioner (Industries) Malini Shankar.
It is not yet decided what action would be taken against the units violating the orders.
“If a particular unit is not able to follow the norms, they will have to justify the reason for doing so and do a time-bound planning for implementing it. We shall first take a review of the scenario and then proceed on a case to case basis,” she explained.
The government resolution said all the industrial units should give 50 per cent priority in the supervisor category and 80 per cent priority in all other lower categories. The person in charge of the recruitment process should also have sufficient knowledge of Marathi.