Karnataka: 100% reservation for Kannadigas in private sector likely soon

The IT-BT sector has been exempted as it has not been covered under the Karnataka Industrial Employment (Standing Orders) Rules of 1961 for five years from 2014

Karnataka: 100% reservation for Kannadigas in private sector likely soon

The Karnataka Labour department has released the draft amendments which provide 100 per cent horizontal reservation for Kannadigas in all private industries, except the IT-BT sector, that secure concessions under the state industrial policy.

If the industries don't follow these guidelines, the government will cancel all concessions given.

The amendments will be made to the Karnataka Industrial Employment (Standing Orders) Rules of 1961, once the Law department gives its second round of approval.


According to the Labour department: "Local people (Kannadiga) means any person born in the state of Karnataka or who has lived in Karnataka for not less than 15 years and knows to read, write, speak and understand Kannada."

"Every industrial establishment which has obtained concession of land, water, electricity or tax rebate or deferement of tax as per the State Industrial policy shall provide horizontal reservation of hundred per cent in employment to local people (Kannadigas) in case of workmen classified in sub-clause (a), (b), (c), (d), (e), (f) and (g)...," the amendments read.

The workmen classification as per the Industrial Employment (Standing Orders) Central Rules of 1946 is (1) permanent, (2) probationers, (3) badlis, (4) temporary, (5) casual, and (6) apprentices. The classification is largely restricted to blue collar jobs as per the Act.
The department also made a reservation of 5 per cent for the disabled and also a Kannadiga.
The IT-BT sector has been exempted as it has not been covered under the Karnataka Industrial Employment (Standing Orders) Rules of 1961 for five years from 2014.