In a first, Andhra Pradesh on Wednesday passed a bill reserving 75 percent of the all the jobs including the private industries for the locals. The bill once passed in the Legislative Council on Thursday will become first of its kind in the country.

The Employment of Local Candidates in the Industries/ Factories Act 2019 seeks to reserve 75 percent of all the jobs for local in all industries including factories, joint ventures, various units set up under Public Private Partnership in Andhra Pradesh.

The draft bill defines ‘locals’ as those domiciled in the state. But the bill doesn’t give a clear cut criteria for an individual to be identified as a local.

The bill will apply to all the factories and industries present in the state and the once approved henceforth. The Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh Jagan Mohan Reddy told media the bill will be a boon to the unemployed youth in the state.

CM Jagan led government had also introduced five more bills on Monday for the welfare of SC, ST BC, and minorities including women which were also passed on Wednesday.

The bills entail 50 percent reservations to BS, SC, ST and minority communities in nominated posts and government nominated contracts and service contracts.

50 percent reservations to women in government nominated posts were given. Another bill introduced provides for setting up a permanent Backward Classes Commission.

Bills were introduced amid din in the house while the opposition was protesting on the issue of the World Bank withdrawing funds for the Andhra Pradesh capital Amaravathi.

CM Jagan lashed out at the opposition for creating ruckus in the house especially at a time when such historic bills were being passed.

Opposition leader and former Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh Chandrababu Naidu alleged that the bills were tabled in a hurried manner deliberately to avoid discussion on the withdrawal of funding by the World Bank.


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