Jat agitation leads to water crisis in Delhi, schools closed for Monday, exams postponed

Usually, Haryana remained virtually cut off from the rest of the nation but since last two days, it has become the center of agitation due to the ongoing Jat Agitation. The agitation has had a cascading effect on the rail and road links throughout the Northern India. The effect is so much that the government had to deploy 33 units of the Army in nine districts of the state which shares the border with Rajasthan, Punjab and Delhi. The agitators set seven railway stations on fire due to which more than 800 trains remained cancelled thereby affecting 1Lac + passengers. The disruptions have caused a loss of around Rs 250 crore to the Railways. The situation on national highways as well as state highways has been worse since the first day of agitation. Thousands of people were stranded at Haryana’s border areas as protesters blocked highways at key entry points.

The on-going Jat reservation crisis has now taken a toll on the water supply in Delhi. As per the latest announcement by the Chief Minister of Delhi Arvind Kejriwal, there is no water left in the national capital and that the crisis is expected to last for at least two days. Now many of you must be pondering what is the relation of water to this ongoing agitation?

Then this is to tell you that Delhi receives water from the Munak Canal from where the water supply has been stopped since past two days which has resulted in a severe water crisis.

Now, what Delhiites can do in this……

As water is almost over in Delhi, all the people of Delhi have been asked to conserve water as much as they can, as they will have to survive with that for at least two days. Even if the water supply is resumed from the canal, the water treatment plants will take at least 24 hours to activate.

Great news for the students of Delhi

delhi schools closed due to water crisisAs the national capital is facing severe water crisis due to the Jat protests in neighbouring Haryana, all the government and the private schools located in the region of Delhi will remain closed on Monday.

Similar decision was taken by Haryana government to keep educational institutions close as the protests turned violent.

In the words of Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, “All schools will be closed tomorrow, both government and private. The exams and admission process have also been postponed due to the water crisis.”

Root cause of the Jat Agitation

Till date seven of Haryana’s Chief Ministers have been jats and the former RSS pracharak from Rohtak was selected by Prime Minister Narendra Modi himself to lead the state government. Moreover, the present Chief Minister of Haryana Manohar Lal Khattar is not only a first time MLA who is also a Punjabi khatri.

The politicians of Haryana have been playing with Jat reservations since last two decades. INLD’s Abhay Singh Chautala is supporting the demand and so is the Congress former chief minister Bhupendra Singh Hooda, who also excelled in it when he was in power.

So, now the demands of the agitating Jat Community are that they want caste-based reservation in the OBC category, not on the basis of their economic condition. They want adequate representation in public employment, finding them adequately represented in armed forces, government services and educational institutions.

As per the reports pouring in, the government is ready to meet the demands of Jat community and has assured that the bill will be passed in the upcoming assembly session.

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