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Govt asks industry to voluntarily opt for reservation

The issue of reservation in private sector could hot up in the days ahead with the government.

india Updated: Jun 01, 2006 22:27 IST

The issue of reservation in private sector could hot up in the days ahead with the government telling the business and industry to voluntarily opt for it and not to force on it the option of legislation.

"You have to do it amicably. I am the last person to do it by legislation. Please don't force me to a situation where we have to think of legislation. I have great regard for captains of industry and they should do it. I think they understand their moral responsibility," Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment Meira Kumar said.

Participating in Karan Thapar's India Tonight programme on CNN-IBN, she said that implementing reservation for the SC/ST in the private sector was a "commitment" of the Congress-led coalition.

"Commitment is to both affirmative action and reservation. Affirmative action includes reservation", she said emphasising that its implementation was "not just a possibility but it is a commitment".

Kumar made it plain that she saw no way other than voluntary action on the part of the industry or legislation. "I suppose there is no third way".