In the wake of nationwide caste protests by Dalits, Marathas, Jats, and upper-caste groups, the Prime Minister's Office (PMO), for the first time, has held a meeting to discuss affirmative action in the private sector.
The meeting was held on September 22 to discuss the private sector's commitment to providing SCs and STs with jobs, reports The Indian Express.
During the September 22 meeting, the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) made a presentation on the Indian industry's progress in providing skill development, scholarships, and employment to SCs and STs.
Sources told IE that while progress in skill development had been "reasonable", there seemed to be gaps in data collection, indicating that the private sector "is not so committed" to the cause.
Industry chambers have to provide DIPP with quarterly data
Members of industry chambers ASSOCHAM, FICCI, and CII provide the DIPP with quarterly on skill training, employment, and scholarships given to SCs/STs. Additionally, many member-companies of these chambers have also signed a Voluntary Code of Conduct on affirmative action to help uplift the marginalized.