Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati on Friday indirectly extended the government’s reservation policy to all private agencies that seek contracts from government or semi-government bodies under the public-private-partnership formula.
Private sector firms carrying out projects in association with the state government, under the formula, will now have to recruit workers in accordance with the government’s reservation policy, Mayawati announced at a press conference.
Such a decision has been taken for the first time in the country, and is aimed at ensuring all-round development of all sections of society, the chief minister claimed.
She said the decision was taken at a Cabinet meeting on Thursday, in accordance with a Cabinet resolution passed on August 10 last year. The resolution had sought reservation in projects run by the private sector under the Public Private Participation policy, in which the government provides special concessions, facilities and benefits to private sector companies.
At present there is no law to implement the new policy.
Cabinet Secretary Shashank Shekhar Singh later clarified a clause would be added to every contract through which work awarded to a private agency or individual would make it mandatory for the contractor to recruit workers according to provisions of the government policy.