There is a lot of hues and cry about the Goans not getting the jobs on the social media platform, many NGOs and social media groups are raising the voice on Goans not getting the employment in the Government and other sectors in Goa while outsiders are easily getting employed to combat that the Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Wednesday announced that in 6 months time, a Labour and Employment Policy would be drafted in the State, with a focus on reserving a certain percentage of jobs for Goans, in the private sector, along with ensuring job security.
Sawant explained that it was not possible to make it mandatory for employers to fix a certain percentage of private-sector jobs to be given to Goa, in the absence of Labour and Employment Policies. He said the policy can spell out considering reserving 80 percent jobs to Goans of which 60 percent should be reserved as permanent jobs.
Sawant was replying to a question tabled by Congress MLA Aleixo Reginaldo Lourenco, saying that he too was of the strong opinion that 80 percent of jobs in the private sector be reserved for locals, especially those industries that have been provided plots and subsidies by the Government.
He added, “Labour and Employment Policy, which are need of the hour for the State, would be ready in the next six months which will help us to secure jobs for Goans in the private sector”. He also assured the House that all MLAs including the ones from the opposition would be consulted when drafting the Policy.
The Chief Minister further added that a task force has been formed to ensure that industries stick to the Minimum Wages Guarantee Act. All industries have been requested to register with the State Government mandatorily and give details about the workers and the sector in which they are employed.
Earlier Lourenco had demanded that immediate steps be taken to secure jobs of Goans employed on a contract basis in the private sector. He required information on whether the government has any data regarding employment generated in the private sector and Goans employed in it.
Labour and Employment Minister, Jennifer Monserrate said that as details were not mandatory as per provisions of any Labour laws, the same was not maintained by any industry in the private sector. However, she said that the process has been initiated to collect the data and all private industries have to register with the department along with details of their employees.