Sunday, May 14, 2006 , PTI
NEW DELHI, MAY 13: The government has said it may bring a law to ensure reservation in private sector jobs if the industry failed to come out with “adequate” voluntary response on affirmative action for “all inclusive” growth. Simultaneously, the government is also working on a package to provide incentives, including tax concessions, for encouraging private companies to set up industries and create employment in districts where a large number of population is Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and Other Backward Castes.
“We will first see what is their voluntary action, but if it fails, the government will have to look at other options including making it legally binding,” Union commerce and industry minister Kamal Nath said in an interview to a television channel.
Nath said the government action would depend on the response from the industry and if the government felt that the steps being taken by private firms were not “adequate on the ground”, various options would be considered.
Asked whether the options include reservation, he said: “There are various options, which do not preclude reservation. But that (reservation) is not the only option.” Nath said India’s growth has so far been “urban-centric” and it was important to develop areas which were not a part of this growth story.