Days after government issuing fresh diktat for closely watching the industries to find out whether they are indeed giving 80 per cent jobs to locals, it now seems that there is nothing really to monitor and no more quota for son-of-the-soil to fill.
In Pune district, where maximum investment has come through in the recent past and employment generation has been largest in the state, fresh government statistics indicate that everything is hunky-dory.
On November 17th, the state government, after Raj Thackeray's months-long agitation on son-of-the soil- issue, freshly expressed its seriousness on strict implementation of its old rule to reserve 80 per cent of the jobs to locals. The then chief minister Vilasrao Deshmukh along with industry minister Ashok Chavan, who is now at the helm of state affairs, had stated that "committees at district and state level have been set up to ensure industries do employ the locals as per the government's directions and take action against units that violate the same".
In the December 29th meeting attended by government officials, it was concluded that in large scale industry as well as small and medium scale, as much as 80 % jobs are indeed been given in workers category while 50 per cent of the supervisory level jobs have gone to locals, as prescribed in the 1973 Government Resolution.
"The statistics collected on regular basis shows that rule of 80 % jobs for local in workers category is being followed by the industries. These statistics have been provided by industries only", said Pramod Satam, General Manager, District Industry Center. Besides Satam, who is member-secretary of the government set up district level committee, Chandrakant Dalvi, committee chairman and district collector, D P Pagar, additional and labour commissioner and other government officials and industry-body delegates also attended the meeting. Satam further said, "the situation will be closely followed and will be discussed in the next meeting scheduled in February".
According to Labour commissionerate, Pune district has more than 350 large scale units. "The total number of registered industries in the district are above 4200. These industries provides jobs to almost 8 lakh people", said additional labour commissioner D P Pagar.
The government has also incolved industry-body member so as to listen to them about their problems. "As a representative of industry, my job was to suggest what can be done on imparting specific skills, which is absent among the locals so that government's act will be totally implemented", said Anant Sardeshmukh, director general, Mahratta Chamber of Commerce, Industries and Agriculture (MCCIA).
If the state is serious in the implementation of jobs for locals, the maximum benefit will go to locals from Pune-Mumbai belt where many heavy industries from auto sector are lined up. As per the officials from Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation, In the next three five years, the Chakan-Talegaon belt of the district will attract more than Rs. 50000 crore through various industries, which are mostly in automobile sector. Vilas Joshi, Regional manager (MIDC) said, many projects including Mahindra and Mahindra, Dymler Chrysler, Volklswagan and General Motors have already began building their plants in Pune district's Chakan-Talegaon belt while some have propsed to come here".