The Gujarat government on 29 April announced 10% quota in government jobs and colleges for Economically Backward Class in the general category, including Patidars. The notification in this regard will be issued on May 1.
Under the new quota rules, families earning income below Rs 6 lakh per annum will be eligible for reservation, said Gujarat minister Vijay Rupani.
The government, led by chief minister Anandiben Patel, has changed intensity of its stand on the issue after two groups—Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) and Sardar Patel Group (SPG)–announced to launch a jail bharo andolan.
It may be noted that the new reservation will add to the existing 49.5 percent for minorities in Gujarat.
The community began a ‘mundan’ programme, where Patel men across north Gujarat got their heads tonsured as a sign of their regard to the cause.
The chief minister recently held a long meeting with a committee of ministers, led by health minister Nitin Patel, where the strategy to tackle the movement were discussed in detail.
After the meeting, the state government announced quota for Patidars under the EBC as was done by the Rajasthan and Haryana governments by passing bills to this effect in the state assemblies.
Meanwhile, the leader of Patidar community, Hardik Patel, who has been arrested on sedition charges by the government is nearing 200 days in jail.