Haryana's 75 pc job quota for locals in private sector 'unconstitutional', says HC; scrapes the law

Haryana's 75 pc job quota for locals in private sector 'unconstitutional', says HC; scrapes the law

Striking down the Haryana State Employment of Local Candidates Bill, which reserves 75 per cent of jobs in the private sector—with a monthly salary of less than Rs 30,000—to domiciles, the Punjab and Haryana High Court, on Friday, said the law is "unconstitutional".

According to Live Law, the bench of Justice G.S. Sandhawalia and Justice Harpreet Kaur Jeewan said the "law is unconstitutional and violative of the part-III of the Constitution."

The law was passed in 2020. Senior advocate Akshay Bhan said the bench quashed the complete act. The court had admitted multiple petitions against the implementation of the act that provided 75 per cent reservation in jobs in the private sector to candidates from the state. 

Faridabad Industries Association, one of the petitioners challenging the law, had argued that it "effectively provides for reservation in private employment and represents an unprecedented intrusion by the government into the fundamental rights of private employers to carry out their business and trade, as provided under Article 19," reported Live Law.

The petitioners contended that the law is against the principles of justice, equality, liberty, and fraternity and "represents a serious assault on the unity and integrity of the country and the idea of a common Indian identity."


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