The Maharashtra government has made a move in the right direction: 80 per cent of jobs will now be reserved for locals in state industries and it's mandatory for the recruiting officer (note very carefully: not the candidates seeking recruitment) to know the Marathi language. Reports CNN-IBN:
Although there are a couple of catches there, this is in the right direction. Maharashtra still does not realize that it's not how many years a migrant has breathed the air of Maharashtra which matters, but whether he/she has become one with the language and land of Maharashtra. In Europe, they employ a very simple technique to make sure you've "become one with the language and land": written and oral tests. Is that too far-fetched in India?
"Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh had been following up the issue for a long time. The Industries, Energy and Labour department took a decision for setting aside 80 percent jobs to the locals", an official statement said.
Anyone who has been residing for over 15 years in the state would be considered as local, the statement said.
The Government has also decided to set up a committee at state and district level to ensure implementation of the decision, it said.
The panel would meet at least three times a year and would review status of the decision. It would also suggest measures to provide maximum jobs to locals.
A procedure has been fixed to ensure that the officer making the recruitment, should be one knowing Marathi language, the statement said.
In any case, Mr Yeddyurappa, are you listening? Do you get the point behind what Mr Vilasrao Deshmukh is doing? Do you realize that your government is expected to protect the interest of the people of Karnataka and not Bihar or UP or Tamil Nadu or other states although "they are all states of India"? Do you get the point that you have not been voted to power by the Nagas in Nagaland? Do you get the point that Kannadigas can't care less for the fact that migrants from Bihar and UP "are also Indians" when they're snatching away jobs?
Expectations are rising, Mr Yeddyurappa, and delivering results is what matters. Not tears, not elephants, not prayers, not speeches.