The Haryana government on Monday gave nod to the reservation bill which says that the Jat community will be provided with reservation in government jobs and also in educational institutions. The Jats had given warning to the state government that their demands should be met by the 31st March, post which they will again start protesting. Earlier during the nine-day violent agitation, 30 people had lost their lives.
Moving ahead, Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar presented the bill in ongoing session of legislative assembly and the bill was passed without any opposition. The decision of presenting the bill was taken at the cabinet meeting chaired by the Chief Minister himself.
Yashpal Malik, President of the All India Jat Aarakshan Sangharsh Samiti, had said, “If Jats are not accorded reservation, the next agitation will be bigger than the previous one. The Jat community is not in the mood to wait more.” Getting the news about clearing of Jat reservation bill by state cabinet, he said, “It is a positive move if the Cabinet has passed the Draft bill today. We have heard that the government has proposed six percent reservation to Jats and four other castes in class I and II government jobs. We do not agree with that. We are okay with the rest of the provisions that we have come to know. We are also holding a meeting. By, that time, I hope that the bill is passed in the Haryana Vidhan Sabha.”
The Jat had been demanding 10 percent quota in government jobs and educational institutions and when the cases were filed against the agitating jats, it was demanded all the registered cases against them need to be withdrawn soon.
According to the officials, the government has decided to give reservation to the Jats under a newly formed category for backward classes, known as BC-3. Backward classes have already been given reservation which accounts for 27%. This has been given to them under an existing category known as BC-1 and BC-2.
The Jats had given ultimatum to state government till 3 April to fulfill all their demands in terms of the reservation. A meeting will also held on April 3 in which Jats from 13 states will discuss on the reservation issue and also on the further course of action that they are planning to take.
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