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There's provision for quota in pvt sector: Meira

The Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment has been talking about bringing a legislation if the private sector failed to do so unilaterally.

india Updated: May 24, 2006 15:56 IST

Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment Meira Kumar said on Wednesday that there is a provision in the UPA's national common minimum programme for reservation for scheduled castes and scheduled tribes in private sectors.

"In the national common minimum programme, there is a provision for reservations for SCs/STs in the private sector," Kumar told reporters after releasing a monograph on "Drug use in the northeastern states of India".

Her one liner came on the issue after a volley of questions on the Centre's stand on the reservation for SCs/STs in the private sector in the backdrop of government's move to amend the constitution to provide reservation to OBCs in higher educational institutions.

The national common minimum programme adopted by the UPA allies, both inside the government and those supporting from outside, clearly speaks for affirmative action as also reservation for these sections in the private sector.

The Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment has been talking about bringing a legislation if the private sector failed to do so unilaterally.

She was also referring to the two-year time frame given in the common minimum programme to private sectors for providing reservations and had even expressed willingness to give some more time to them for taking steps in this direction.