Mumbai: The central government is holding talks with
the industry over job reservations in the private sector
for the marginalised sections of society and would take
a decision in consensus with them. This was stated by
social justice and empowerment minister Meira Kumar at
an industry meeting at the Indian Merchants'' Chamber in
Mumbai, last evening.
Kumar said Indian industry was sensitive to the issue;
it understood its responsibility and the government had
full confidence that the matter would be sorted out sooner
rather than later. "How and when it would be done
and other specifics would emerge out of the dialogue,"
Asked if the government would force a legislation on the
industry in case there was no "consensus", Kumar
said "it is a hypothetical question" and that
most of the industrial houses adhered to the ideology
of Mahatma Gandhi and were not parochial over the issue.
said the issue of job reservations in private sector and
affirmative action for the marginalised sections was an
important part of the common minimum programme of the
the industry on its own initiative comes forward and consciously
an effort to employ those among marginalised groups who
are qualified and eligible, there would not be any need
to discuss the issue of reservation any further,"