Tuesday, October 13, 2009

* VivekaJyoti *: Religious Profiling: Congress Govt asks public and private sector companies for religion-based headcount of employees

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    • The Centre will ask public and private sector companies to do a religion-based headcount of their employees as part of an effort to end discrimination.

      The companies will be requested to prepare a database that will have all details of their staff, including religion and caste, minority affairs ministry sources said.
    • The current move is part of the build-up towards the constitution of an Equal Opportunity Commission to stop discrimination. “Although this is being done with really good intentions, this can be easily misunderstood. So we are being very cautious,’’ a ministry official said.
    • The ministry is now lending the final touches to the Equal Opportunity Commission Bill, to be tabled in the next session of Parliament. The commission will check discrimination based on sex, religion, caste, race, birthplace, descent and language, and will have court-like powers.