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  • S Jaishankar, Minister of External Affairs, says Pakistan should release and repatriate Kulbhushan Jadhav immediately
  • Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala asks the Speaker to hold the trust vote latest by 1.30 pm today
  • The Government sends a list of 24 questions to mobile app company that runs video app TikTok seeking answers for anti-national and obscene content carried on the platform
  • Sarvana Bhawan founder P Rajagopal, serving a life term for murder, dies in a Chennai hospital
  • SC allows time till July 31 to the Ayodhya mediation panel
  • IT department attaches "benami" plot worth Rs 400cr in Noida. The plot allegedly belongs to BSP leader [email protected]@@s brother and his wife
  • Dawood [email protected]@@s nephew, Md. Rizwan Iqbal, was arrested from Mumbai airport as he was waiting to board a flight to Dubai
  • Trouble brews in Bihar JD(U)-BJP alliance as Bihar police asks special branch officers to keep tabs on RSS activities
  • Trust vote in Karnataka assembly today. With rebel MLAs deciding to stay away after the SC order, the Congress-JD(S) government is likely to fall as it does not have the numbers
  • Amit Shah says the government will identify and deport illegal immigrants from all parts of the country
  • Reports from Pakistan confirm that Hafiz Saeed has been arrested and sent to jail
  • After the SC order, Karnataka Speaker says he will go by the Constitution in deciding on the resignations of the 16 MLAs
  • Rebel MLAs say they will not attend the trust vote on Thursday
  • Supreme Court rules that rebel MLAs cannot be forced to attend the assembly and vote in the floor test
  • Both the Centre and the Assam government have sought re-verification of up to 20% of draft NRC data
International Court of Justice agrees with India, stays Kulbhushan Jadhav's execution. It asks Pakistan to allow consular access to the accused.
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Jobs For Kannadigas: A Wrong Policy

By Sunil Garodia

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Sunil Garodia Editor-in-Chief of indiacommentary.com. Current Affairs analyst and political commentator. Writes for a number of publications.
Regionalism is rearing its head once again. The Congress government in Karnataka has proposed that private enterprises will have to reserve 100% blue collar jobs for Kannadigas whenever such natives apply for them. Mercifully, the government also proposes to leave the Information Technology and Biotech sectors out of the ambit of the proposed order.

What this order means is that if a private company has a vacancy for a blue collar job and receives several applications for it, it will have to select a Kannadiga for the post. Since the government communication is silent on merit, will the companies have to select a native of the state even if he is less qualified or experienced than a non-native? Further, the proposed order will mean that the companies would have to disclose their HR policies to the state labour department. No company is comfortable with that.

Karnataka has progressed due to the huge contribution of its migrant workforce. Most of this progress has been driven by private enterprise. The migrant workers come from as far as the North-East and Bihar, are highly skilled and are willing to do all dirty jobs that the locals shy away from. The proposed order will restrict employee choices before the private companies on the one hand and will make Karnataka a less favoured destination for skilled blue collar workers on the other. The repercussions will spell doom for the state’s progress. Also, what if other states also adopt this? What will happen to the Kannadigas working there?

Most governments are quick to take the populist route to shore up falling popularity or even to align themselves with the locals. But the interests of the state must be looked into before any proposal is announced. It is a given fact that talent scouts in companies will always look for expertise, experience and record before hiring any person. If a Kannadiga fits the bill, he will be hired in any case. Then there is no need of reserving jobs for them. If not, then the proposed reservation is highly discriminatory.