The move to introduce job reservations in the private sector is inviting strong protests from the BPO world. With good reason too, as, selecting candidates purely on the basis of caste will mean compromising on merit. And for, companies competing on a global platform this could be suicidal.
No wonder then that, India Inc. which came out strongly against job quotas for the underprivileged in the private sector, saying it would adversely affect business, may even challenge the policy in court.
If the reservation policy is implemented in the private sector, the corporate world would not hesitate to challenge the same in the court, says an HR consultant
According to Tarun Bail, Executive Director, Manpower India, if employees are hired on the basis of reservations rather than merits, it would only hamper employees' career growth and ultimately can be damaging to both the employees and the employers.
HR heads in the corporate world feel that reservation policy will kill "meritocracy" in India Inc as recruitment policy, at present, is based on skill and merit of the person.
Many HR experts believe that if reservation quota for job is created, it would only act as a form of dereservation for the meritorious candidates and will only vitiate the work culture.
Reservation policy, if implemented, will only create more problems for HR managers in service sector like IT, BPO and financial services, where job opportunities are already outpacing supply.
Ranjit Narasimhan, head of HCL's BPO operations, is of the opinion that reservation in the private sector would only worsen the present situation and believes that to create more employment, government should step-up investment in education and make greater number of people fit for a job.
An American HR director working for the Indian subsidiary feels that if at all there is a need to create "quotas" then it should be practiced at the educational level.
Many MNCs, which are already trying to follow diversity policy with respect to gender as well as religion, feel that implementation of reservation policy in corporate world, would only be a retrograde step, because the policy is based upon caste angle.