89% locals employed with industries: Maha Govt survey

Maharashtra Industries Minister Rajendra Darda today claimed that 89 per cent of local people have got priority in jobs in the state.

Last Updated: Jul 15, 2010, 22:10 PM IST

Mumbai: Maharashtra Industries Minister
Rajendra Darda today claimed that 89 per cent of local people
have got priority in jobs in the state.

"A survey conducted in small, medium and large scale
industries shows that 89 per cent of the local people have got
jobs," Darda informed the Legislative Council today replying
to a question about priority to sons-of-the-soils in jobs.

The House witnessed noisy scene on the issue with the
Opposition members staging a walk out.

Elaborating on the definition of locals, Darda said the
person should have a domicile of 15 years in the state and
should know Marathi.

Darda also read out a report submitted by a study group
appointed to ensure locals get priority in jobs.

As per the report, education system should be employment-
oriented, knowledge of Marathi is required, 80 per cent
recruitment of locals is necessary, and giving priority to
locals as security guards in housing societies and banks is
recommended, he said.

Also, website of Employment and Self-Employment
Department should be updated regularly, compulsory declaration
of vacant posts and strengthening the Employment and
Self-Employment Department is essential, the report said.

The report has been sent to all Government departments
for suggestions and objections, the minister said.

Shiv Sena MLC Deepak Sawant asked why the Government had
appointed the study group when a Government Resolution was
already issued in 1968 and amended several times accords
priority to locals. The Resolution also says to give 80 per
cent priority to locals in unskilled jobs and 50 per cent in
skilled jobs, he said.

In reply, Darda said the then Minister of State for
Industries had assured the House in 2007 monsoon session to
appoint the study group.

Shiv Sena leader Ramdas Kadam asked how many unemployed
have been registered with the Government Employment Exchange
and if the Government is taking any steps to give them jobs.

He also asked if the Government has control over direct
recruitments of outsiders by the private companies.

The minister said 28,72,000 youths have registered with
the Employment Exchange and the Government has already sent
the list to the companies having over one lakh posts vacant.

"Companies can recruit candidates through Exchange or
directly by giving advertisements in papers," Darda said.

Not satisfied with the Minister`s reply, the Opposition
Shiv Sena-BJP staged a walk out.

PTI