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CII turns down govt advice on ombudsman for SC/ST jobs

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) today turned down a direction of the government for appointing an ombudsman to track job creation for scheduled castes (SCs) and scheduled tribes (STs). It said it cannot create such an institution. 

However, the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (Ficci) had appointed noted industrialist Y K Modi as an ombudsman for overseeing employment generation for the weaker sections. Due to his pre-occupations, Modi had since vacated this post and Ficci was looking for an alternative, chamber sources said. 

The Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (Assocham) has nominated heads of four regional chambers — Madras Chamber of Commerce, Bombay Chamber of Commerce, Merchant Chamber and PHDCCI — as ombudsmen. 

“The Assocham president will be an arbitrator at the apex level. We have conveyed this to the Prime Minister’s Office,” Assocham Secretary General D S Rawat said. 

But CII maintained that it had no mandate to create such an institution. “A formal position of ombudsman was not created since industry associations like CII do not have the legal mandate to create and empower such a person, since discharge of duties of an ombudsman could need semi-judicial powers,” CII said in a statement. 

CII said “its decision” had already been made known. In a recent letter to the industry bodies, the government had sought the status from the chambers on the issue. 

First Published: Sat, January 01 2011. 00:05 IST