Tata industries has agreed to back caste-based reservations in the private sector. The move has the potential to jolt the Industry, which is hostile to the Union Government's promise for affirmative action outside the public sector.
In a communique sent to Union Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Meira Kumar, Chairman of the Tata conglomerate, Ratan Tata, has informed his readiness to back the Government initiative for upliftment of the SC/STs and other underprivileged social segments through affirmative action in the private sector.
Tata group is preparing its own plan on the shape that affirmative action can take. Corporate sources said the decision of the Tatas to draft their own proposal points to the possibility of the business house settling for voluntary action over Government legislation.
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