Andhra Pradesh becomes first state to 75% reserve private jobs for locals

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On Monday Andhra Pradesh Labour Minister Gummanur Jayaram introduced a bill in Andhra Pradesh Assembly that makes provision for 75 per cent employment to local candidates in factories and industries being set up in the state, including those established under public-private partnership initiative.

With this, Andhra Pradesh has become the first state in the country to reserve jobs for locals in private industrial units. Andhra Assembly passed the Andhra Pradesh Employment of Local Candidates in Industries/Factories Act, 2019 which will enable the government to reserve jobs for locals. 

The Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy government in Andhra Pradesh Monday introduced six Bills in the Assembly, aimed at politically and financially empowering backward and downtrodden communities as well as women. The Chief Minister hailed the proposed legislations, terming them "historic and unprecedented" in the country.

"By introducing these Bills, we are fulfilling our election-eve promises,"he said after the Bills were introduced amid din created by opposition Telugu Desam Party legislators. One of the Bills relates to constitution of a statutory AP State Commission for Backward Classes (other than SCs and STs), which functions on a permanent basis "in a transparent and objective manner".

Many states have been trying to do the same. After winning the elections, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath announced reservation of jos in private sector. 

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