Punjab and Haryana High Court strikes down Haryana’s 75% private sector reservation for state domicile job applicants

Punjab and Haryana High Court rejects Haryana's 75% private sector job reservation for state domicile applicants, citing unconstitutionality and impact on meritocracy and competitiveness.

A bench consisting of Justices Harpreet Kaur Jeewan and GS Sandhawalia approved the ruling.

The Manohar Lal Khattar government rule, which grants state job applicants with a domicile certificate a 75% reservation in the private sector, was struck down by the Punjab and Haryana High Court on Friday.


In 2021, a number of industrial associations, including the Gurgaon Industrial Association, filed petitions with the bench.

The statute gave state applicants a 75% reservation in private sector positions. The court had accepted many petitions against the act’s implementation. The first day of effect was January 15, 2022.

A 75% reservation for local youth in private sector employment paying less than ₹30,000 per month was made possible by the Haryana State Employment of Local Candidates Act, 2020. It addressed partnership firms, trusts, societies, and private businesses. For a period of ten years, the law was in effect.

Advocate Bhan, speaking on behalf of the Faridabad Industrial Association, mentioned that a number of industrial groups have filed lawsuits challenging the statute. He argued that the state lacked legislative authority to pass this statute in accordance with Article 35.


The industry associations had contended that the law was unconstitutional and against the core idea of meritocracy that functions as the foundation for firms to thrive and remain competitive.

The petitioners argued that it would impact the state’s post-recovery of industries following the coronavirus epidemic, industrial competitiveness, and productivity.

However, the Khattar administration had contended that the legislation just creates a “geographical classification,” which is permissible by the Constitution.

It stated, “It is to protect the people who live in the state’s right to life and livelihood as well as their health, living conditions, and employment rights.”

We are waiting for a comprehensive copy of the ruling.

In March 2021, Haryana Governor Bandaru Dattatreya signed the Haryana State Employment of Local Candidates Bill.

Prior to the 2019 assembly votes, the Jannayak Janta Party made a major electoral pledge to reserve 75% of private sector employment for candidates with state domiciles.

Following the elections, the saffron party was unable to secure a simple majority on its own, so the JJP threw its support behind the BJP and went on to create a government.

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