government is taking the next step towards implementing
affirmative action in private industry. CNBC-TV18 finds
that the department of industry has called a meeting of
industry chambers on November 15 to formulate a plan of
months after the prime minister said that private industry
must do its bit to employ Dalits in adequate numbers,
the department of industry policy and promotion will be
holding a meeting with industry chambers.
the agenda, is a code of conduct on affirmative action
to be progressively adopted by the industry and ways to
compile information about the number of dalits employed
by private industry.
the end of July, industry clubs CII and Assocham had given
their proposals to the government. They had said that
the diversity of society was reflected in the work place
though there was no way to confirm this.
had vowed to protect the right of employers to employ
and not to allow industry's competitiveness to be eroded.
They suggested that if private industry was not employing
dalits in adequate number, it was more a matter of eligibility
make up for this, they had proposed training and scholarship
schemes for dalit students. They had offered to create
100 dalit entrepreneurs a year and upgrade schools in
104 Dalit districts. A code of conduct was also drawn
up to be implemented by members from October.
accent was on self-regulation and voluntary action. There
was no mention of reservations but the industry department
letter has resurrected that dreaded word.