Saturday, August 26, 2006

Though India Inc. has announced voluntary support to SCs & STs, the government’s calls are unlettered

So India Inc. appears to have worked it out. After plenty of deliberation and discussion, to pre-empt a law reserving jobs for scheduled castes and scheduled tribes in the private sector, the industry says it will “voluntarily” adopt ‘Affirmative Action’.

On July 29, 2006, at a press conference jointly called by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry in India (ASSOCHAM), top corporate bodies pledged to adopt the J. J. Irani Committee action plan unambiguously titled ‘Proposed Concrete Steps by Indian Industry on Affirmative Action for Scheduled Castes & Scheduled Tribes’. Other than encouraging higher participation of backward castes in the private sector, the action plan lays down guidelines for entrepreneurship development among SC/STs. It plans to create and mentor 100 entrepreneurs in the first year (that is 2007) and aims to scale it further in future. Apart from that, to enable enterprises to survive competition, CII and ASSOCHAM have taken up the task of facilitating the creation of business partnerships between corporations and enterprises owned and promoted by SC/STs. It has also decided to identify 10 universities for programmes covering 10,000 students with the aim of increasing to 50 cities and 50,000 students by the year 2009.

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Source :- IIPM Editorial, 2006, Editor - Prof. Arindam Chaudhuri

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