In a first for any state government, the Uttar Pradesh cabinet on Friday decided to enforce job quotas on all new private enterprises seeking government assistance in any form.
Principal secretary to Chief Minister Mayawati, Shailesh Krishna said that all new industrial units and projects in which the state government or any of its departments or agencies had provided land, grant, property or any other assistance or facility in any form would be asked to provide 30 per cent reservation.
Of these, 10 per cent would be reserved for SC/STs, 10 per cent for OBCs and another 10 per cent for the economically backward among upper castes.
Krishna said the policy would not apply to existing units. Nor would it be binding on new ones. But those who did not provide reservation would not be eligible for government-provided facilities either.
Entrepreneurs seeking state support would have to sign an agreement with the state government guaranteeing they would implement the reservation policy.
Mayawati, it may be recalled, had done away with the ‘Unemployment Allowance’ set up by her predecessor Mulayam Singh Yadav, describing it as "humiliation and insult" to the unemployed, and had promised jobs instead.