Delhi: The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) says it is opposed to
any mandatory provision for reserving jobs for weaker sections in the private
Deveshwar, the new president of CII, in his first press conference said, "We
are not in agreement with reservations." However, he said that India
Inc was "in agreement with the objectives of reservation".
said the presence of Left parties, which formed part of the UPA government
at the Centre, was a major challenge in the face of their objection to privatisation
he also said that the government had a national common minimum programme (NCMP)
as per which it had to run. He said there was a need to devise a "long-term
productive strategy", by closer coordination between the private sector
and the government, to facilitate job creation, which was needed for the country's
said the GDP growth rate is likely to touch 7.2 per cent in 2005-06. He said
to attain this CII would focus on sustainability of employability and employment,
rural economy, infrastructure, natural and social capital, and governance.
To increase employment opportunities, CII plans to set up a skill development
programme for all students after class VIII and upgrade 100 ITIs through industry
said CII would be a catalyst in realising the $150-billion opportunity for
investment in building infrastructure.
to Deveshwar, CII has identified seven sectors in the economy with high employment
generation potential. These are textiles, leather, food processing, tourism,
paper, knowledge-based industries, and gems and jewellery.
said the forecast for the GDP growth rate in 2005-06 was 7.5 per cent.
said CII is taking pro-active measures to ensure that employment opportunities
are available vis-à-vis skilled manpower and has committed itself to
running skill development programmes and setting up of 500 new centres for
vocational training. It has also pledged commitment to upgrading the 100-odd
ITIs in the country.
"We have coined an acronym that captures our efforts SEEKS,
standing for social, economic and ecological development through application
of knowledge for sustained competitiveness and growth."