Ahead of its meeting with the industry chambers to prepare a code of conduct on affirmative action for the private sector, a Group of Ministers (GoM) would be meeting on November 14 to finalise their recommendations.
The meeting assumes significance as it is being held against the backdrop of the apex court's order on excluding the creamy layer in reservation as also Government's effort for affirmative action to provide quotas to SCs and STs in the private sector.
Headed by Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar, the GoM on reservation of posts and services for SCs, STs and OBCs includes Home Minister Shivraj Patil, Steel Minister Ramvilas Paswan, Law Minister HR Bhardwaj, Tribal Affairs Minister PR Kyndiah and Social Justice Minister Meira Kumar.
Another Group Of Ministers on Dalit Affairs headed by Pranab Mukherjee, which held several rounds of discussions on economic and social empowerment of SCs/STs, has recommended among other things that at least 30 per cent purchases of the Government be made from entrepreneurs belonging to SCs/STs and in the setting up of industries, schools, hostels in the areas dominantly inhabited by Dalits.
The GoM meeting on November 14 may adopt these proposals and finally recommend it to the Nair Committee meeting next day for Affirmative Action.
The November 14 meeting comes in the backdrop of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's observation that the industry must take steps on affirmative action for a more inclusive society.