PM talks of corporate quota
However, corporate India reckons that it should be voluntary and industry should not be forced to implement reservation.india Updated: Apr 19, 2006 15:59 IST
There is a flutter in India Inc. And it has to do with job reservations.
With Prime Minister Manmohan Singh once again broaching the subject of job quotas for the socially underprivileged in the private sector at the CII annual session on Tuesday, corporate India reckons that it should be voluntary and industry should not be forced to implement reservation.
Rahul Bajaj, former CII president and Bajaj Auto chairman, told HT: “I heard the PM say very clearly that it should be voluntary and not mandatory. The government, through minister Meira Kumar, is in touch with industry associations like ours, the CII, but this is a progressive dialogue. I hope it’s not legislated. We’ll go to court.” Bajaj said industry was prepared to do everything possible to help the socially underprivileged if it entailed educating them or developing their skills. “But jobs can only be given on merit,” he said.
Sunil Mittal, chairman, Bharti Enterprises, agreed. “Industry needs to do something about it (the uplift of the underprivileged) but at the same time there shouldn’t be any legislation in this regard,” he said.
Nandan Nilekeni, MD, Infosys, said there had to be a conversation between the government and corporate India across the table. “There has to be a detailed dialogue on this,” he said.
Responding to the PM’s call to broadbase employment and make it representative, he felt the industry needed to first showcase what it was already doing towards meeting social commitments and then further study what needed to be done in the future.