Vishakapatnam: Tourism Minister Avanthi Srinivas reaffirmed that the State government would reserve 75 percent jobs to locals in the upcoming industries in the State.

He was speaking on the sidelines of an event organised to give away appointment letters to Ward Volunteers, recently recruited by the State government.

The Minister highlighted that the YSRCP government was according greater emphasis on expanding the industrial sector in the State by promising special incentives and special sops. As a result the State would witness a considerable number of new industries in the coming years, he added.

He said a big industry would be set up in Tagarapuvalasa and Padmanabham areas locally to give impetus to employment opportunities in the State. He promised clearing all the arrears pending against the names of Chittivalsa jute workers and help empower the women.

In line with its welfarist agenda, the YSRCP government recently enacted a bill in the Assembly that provides 75 percent reservation in jobs to locals in industries, 50 percent to women in nominated posts, and 50 percent nominated works and posts would be reserved to SC, ST and minorities.

Describing the bill as a landmark and an historic piece of legislation, Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy affirmed that never before had a government gone to such lengths to benefit the poor and the marginalised.

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