Another Goa pharma company cancels outstation interviews

Encube withdraws recruitment after CM’s intervention; stakeholders question ‘jobs for locals only’ policy

THE GOAN NETWORK | MAY 24, 2024, 01:05 AM IST

A day after Indoco Remedies Limited cancelled theirs on Wednesday, yet another Goa-based pharma company, Encube, has cancelled its walk-in interviews to recruit personnel, which was scheduled in Pune.

Encube's move to cancel the recruitment from Pune came after intervention by Chief Minister Pramod Sawant.

The walk-in interviews were slated to take place at Pune on Sunday, May 26.

Earlier on Thursday, Indoco Remedies had similarly cancelled such walk-in interviews it had planned to hold in Boisar near Mumbai, after a hue and cry was raised by Opposition politicians who alleged that employment opportunities were being denied to local youth by such acts of holding interviews in locations outside the State.

In the case of Indoco Remedies too, Sawant had intervened and impressed on the management to back off from going ahead with the recruitment outside Goa.

Parallelly, the Labour Commissioner Levinson Martins had also issued the company's plant manager at Verna a show-cause notice for failure to notify these vacancies through the State's employment exchange.

Meanwhile, industry sources have raised questions over the practicality of the 'jobs for locals only' policy. They have pointed out that a similar policy in Haryana which mandated 75 per cent jobs to be reserved for locals had been struck down by the Punjab and Haryana High Court in May 2023.

This striking down of the jobs for locals only principle in the Haryana case will be applicable across the country once matter is adjudicated by the Supreme Court before which the Haryana judgement has been challenged.

Govt to formulate policy over recruitment in firms: Minister

PANAJI: Industries Minister Mauvin Godinho said the government is planning to intervene to formulate a policy. 

“A proper policy in this regard will be formulated by the government. We are fully seized of the matter and will work things accordingly with the due concurrence of the CM,” the minister said, speaking to The Goan on the development. 

He also warned companies against recruiting outstation candidates stating “such behaviour has to stop.”

Asked what steps would be taken in the interim till a policy is in place, Godinho stated, “All necessary steps will be taken in due course. We won’t hesitate to take the strictest action!”

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