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Punjab CM rules out Haryana type quota for Punjabis in jobs, says "It is unconstitutional"

PUNJAB NEW EXPRESS | July 12, 2020 09:57 PM

CHANDIGARH: Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Sunday ruled out quota for the state’s youth in jobs, on the lines of Haryana, and said he did not think the neighbouring state’s recent decision in this regard would stand judicial scrutiny.

The Chief Minister was responding to questions by several youngsters during today’s edition of #AskCaptain.

On being asked why his government could not follow the Haryana model in this regard as mostly outsiders were getting jobs in Punjab, Captain Amarinder said the Constitution and the law barred any such discrimination in the matter of jobs.

The Chief Minister pointed out that Punjabis were employed all over the country, with no restrictions by any state. “We cannot stop youth from other states taking up jobs in Punjab, ” he said, adding that he did not believe Haryana’s decision could be upheld in the courts.

Asked about the UP encounter of gangster Vikas Dubey, Captain Amarinder said while he could not comment on the issue but the Congress was right in demanding an inquiry. The truth need to be revealed, he added.

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