Clearly the Congress Party has backed reservation for backward castes in private sector jobs in its 2014 elections manifesto as a pitch as part of an ambitious affirmative action agenda designed at gaining back the confidence of a part of its vote banks which it has lost in recent years.
Reservation as a policy for social upliftment may be affirmative but when it becomes a part of vested political interest at the cost of economy and growth of the nation is clearly divisive, detrimental and disastrous as it directly and adversely affects competitiveness, performance and meritocracy.
May be that’s the reason why private sectors have always been resistant to this policy.
Private sectors are a highly competitive field and profit driven enterprises. Meritocracy and performance have always been the hallmarks of private sector jobs. They have to continuously evolve updating themselves so as to stay buoyant in the market.
Reservation or quota in this sector surely will sound the death knell of best brains to come in to generate innovative ideas and take Indian companies to the next level which is much needed. Reservation indeed is straight detrimental to private sector performance
Again what about the foreign investors? In reality without outside investors it is unlikely to generate many jobs or achieve any substantial growth in our economy. Already we have compulsive policies for them to employ Indians as half of their staffs. For any venture it needs talents not cast for its prosperity. If quota will be added instead talent how come it will help them in doing good business? Isn't this policy of quota in employment is just like discouraging them to do any business here?
Private sectors in all over the world including Indian Inc. are interested and adopted for affirmative action in terms of building skills and capability or in giving education to the disadvantaged as a part of their CSR program (Corporate Social Responsibility).
They use funds for building schools, colleges, hospitals either free of cost or with nominal fees to be uses by down trodden in the society. They would never like any imposition to provide employment on quota basis.
Moreover by going in line with Congress and RaGa we will soon have reservation in sports. Imagine we have quotas in Indian cricket team instead of talent and ability. Can we imagine any performance from this team where some players are chosen on the basis of their cast, not merit and ability?
Similarly in other sports also for competition we need talent not cast. If cast will be given preference over talent then performance and competitiveness have to be kept in cold storage.
Instead of employment quota, a proposal for allocating corporate fund for providing world class skill development for India's economically and socially backward sections would be a much better idea. In this way they can compete as per their merit.
Merit enhancement is better than providing job quota and private sectors will happily agree to contribute.
In simple terms the point is very clear. Congress's latest plan for job quotas in the private sector can simply be termed as ruinous competitive populism. It is bound to be christened as 'economic insanity' by any Industry expert or political observer. I feel it's just a cheap and shrewdly blinkered vote bank politics and will be slammed by any progressive Indian.