Government jobs will henceforth be reserved only for the people of the state, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said on Tuesday. The announcement of the decision is being looked at as a controversial one considering the time and situation around the country is tense owing to the job crisis during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. 

In a video statement, Shivraj Singh Chouhan said, "The Madhya Pradesh government has taken an important decision today. We will be taking necessary legal steps so that government jobs in Madhya Pradesh are only given to the state's youth. Madhya Pradesh's resources only for children of Madhya Pradesh,". 

Mr Chouhan had earlier during his Independence Day speech said that preference would be given to the youth of Madhya Pradesh in regard to government jobs. "Madhya Pradesh youths will be given priority in government jobs. It is our duty to be concerned about the youths of our state at a time when job opportunities are scarce," he said on Saturday. He further stated, "We will put in place a mechanism to ensure employment to local youths on the basis of their mark-sheets of Class X and XII,". 

The Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister also spoke about fighting in court about increasing the OBC (other backward class) quota in jobs in the state from 14 to 27 percent. The move had been struck down by the Jabalpur High Court.

Kamal Nath, who was the former Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh, informed Mr Chouhan that he had made attempts to enforce a law to reserve 70 percent jobs in the state industrial units, before his Congress government fell in March this year. He also spoke about his announcement of 70 percent quota in private sector jobs for people of the state. 

Taking to his Twitter page, Mr Nath questioned Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan in tweets, "How many youth did you give jobs to in your 15-year rule before our government", while adding, "At least now you have woken up on the job crisis after 15 years and have imitated our decision to reserve jobs for people of the state. It should not remain just an announcement on paper."