Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, June 19:
Members of Odisha Assembly, cutting across party lines, today expressed serious concern over the recruitment practices of the industries in the state who are favouring outsiders at the cost of local people.
They said the local people are at best being absorbed in lowly posts such as sweepers and guards or being hired as manual labourers.
Replying to Congress member from Jeypore Taraprasad Bahinipati, the Industry minister Debiprasad Mishra informed the House that the government was in the process of bringing out a new industrial policy with a special emphasis on the recruitment.
Bahinipati alleged that deserving and qualified candidates from the state were being denied jobs by industries operating in the state while they had no qualms in accommodating people from outside the state. This only exposes the state government’s claims over the years that indisutrialisation would lead to massive creation of jobs , he said.
The Congress member while demanding strict action against such companies sought the constitution of a Special House Committee to looking into the matter.
BJP member Radharani Panda too made similar demands.
According to the state government’s guidelines, industries which have come up in the state are supposed to offer 90% of unskilled jobs and semi skilled jobs, 60 percent skilled jobs and 30 percent supervisory /managerial jobs to the local people. However, this has never been adhered to by the industries, rued the law makers.
Members Naba Das (Congress), Pradip Purohit (BJP), Debasis Nayak BJD), Nrusingha Sahu (BJD) also participated in the debate, raising several probing questions on the issue.