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Punjab & Haryana High Court Declares 75% Reservation In Private Sector Jobs In Haryana To Locals As Unconstitutional

By - King Stubb & Kasiva on December 19, 2023

The Haryana State Employment of Local Candidates Act, 2020 was enacted by the Haryana Government to provide 75% employment to local candidates by employers in Haryana. It applies to employers operating in the form of a company, society, trust, limited liability partnership, partnership firm and any person employing 10 persons or more on salary, wages or remuneration (excluding any Central or State government or any organization owned by them). The said Act was challenged through 9 separate writ petitions i.e. CWP nos. 26573 of 2021 and other connected matters before the Punjab and Haryana High Court for infringement of right to equal employment, residence and settlement under Article 14 and for placing unreasonable, manifestly arbitrary restrictions against right to carry on business and trade under Article 19. Subsequently, the court held the said Act unconstitutional and violative of Part-III of the Constitution of India.

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