JOBS: Jagan’s AP government reserves 75 per cent jobs in private sector for locals


VIJAYAWADA: In a first, the YSRC government in Andhra Pradesh on Tuesday introduced legislation reserving 75 per cent of jobs in the private sector to “locals” – the resident Telugus. The Jagan Mohan Reddy government, which took power less than two months ago after the assembly polls by ousting TDP and its leader Nara Chandrabu Naidu from power after a term, is taking several bold measures to gain people’s support.

Jagan, son of former Congress chief minister of undivided Andhra Pradesh who died in a helicopter crash, is on a serious bid to cement his support bases. His government said private firms which find difficulty in getting skilled manpower from within the state should organise skill-impartment courses, train local youths and give them employment to retain the 75 per cent level.

Critics say if other states too, like neighbouring Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Telangana, implemented a similar policy vis-a-vis jobs, it could affect the job prospects of qualified youths in these states, where job opportunities are aplenty, unlike AP where there is relatively less number of industries.

The Kamal Nath government had promised introduction of 70 per cent reservation for locals in private sector jobs in the state. It is yet to implement this. 

Jagan had introduced new steps immediately after he took over, like doubling the salaries of sanitation workers and anganwadi staff, and introducing a volunteer force of youths to keep a check on corruption in government departments. These steps proved to be Advantage Jagan. However, he is facing odds on infrastructure front, for one. 

The European Union has pulled out of a loan promise it made for the fashioning of a top-class capital city in Amaravati, the base for which was put by Chandrababu Naidu. Also, a Chinese loan for the project also stands cancelled after Jagan took power. IHN-NN


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