The Karnataka government modifies the rules to give priority to Kannadigas in private sector jobs

BENGALURU: From now on, and factories in Karnataka should give priority to recruits for their office and workshop work.

The state government issued a notice on Saturday reviewing the rules governing recruitment in industries under the Karnataka Industrial Employment Rules (Permanent Rules) of 1961, ordering companies to give priority to Kannadigas in.

Soon we will come out with legislation that mentions the exact amount of reserves that companies must provide to Kannadigas in jobs, said the labor minister. Neighbor Andhra Pradesh recently passed legislation that made it mandatory for existing and future industries in the state. to reserve 75% of jobs for the local population, despite the 50% limit of the reserves prescribed by the Supreme Court, Karnataka is expected to do the same.

Under the new rules, those who reside in Karnataka for no less than 15 years and who can write, read, speak and understand Kannada are eligible to be recruited by private industries and factories for their office and workshop jobs.

But it also comes with a pilot: candidates must also possess the required qualification, efficiency and experience.

The amended rules apply to all industries and companies, including those that do not take any type of government sops and concessions. The revised rules also empower the state to intervene if private companies do not implement the rules in letter and spirit.

One hundred percent reserve in jobs in certain categories has been a controversial issue in Karnataka since a committee headed by Sarojini Mahishi, a former Union minister to recommend employment opportunities for Kannadigas in 1984. was created. 1986, the Mahishi committee had recommended most of the work in all sectors for Kannadigas. But the successive governments could not implement the recommendation.

The call to the reserve became stronger when Siddaramaiah became prime minister in 2013. Siddaramaiah proposed a 100 percent reservation for Kannadigas, but could not implement it. The previous JDS-Congress coalition government also failed after questions were raised about whether the rule violates Article 19 of the Constitution, the recommendations were not applied and jobs for Kannadigas only became a priority.

The notification issued by the current government said they were forced to submit amendments for two reasons: one, due to Kannadigas' growing demand for reservations in private companies. Secondly, due to the increase in incidents of people who are not Kannadigas and become victims of accidents in the industries. `` A close look at accidents in industries and factories in the last 10 years has revealed that 72 percent of the victims are not Kannadigas. This is mainly due to his inability to communicate in Kannada. Knowing the local language will help to take quick action, ”said the notification.

According to the Sarojini Mahishi Committee report, a Kannadiga is not only someone who has lived in the state for 15 years, but can speak, read and write Kannada reasonably well.