Gujjars lift agitation, Rajasthan agrees to give 5% quota in jobs

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Ready and waiting Gujjars block a railway track near Bayana
Ready and waiting Gujjars block a railway track near Bayana Photo: AP

Gujjars have decided to withdraw their agitation on 28 May after the talks between their delegation and the Rajasthan government ended successfully. 

 The government has decided to give 5 per cent reservation in jobs under Special Backward Class outside the 50 percent cap issued by the Supreme Court to the community, the Rajasthan government and Gujjar leaders agreed on 28 May evening.

Rajasthan Minister Rajendra Rathore said the state government will table the Bill regarding 5 percent reservation in jobs under SBC in the upcoming Rajasthan Assembly session. The Bill will be then sent to Centre so that it can be incorporated in the 9th schedule of Constitution.

Gujjar leader Himmat Singh said, “The government will prepare a new law for 5 percent quota to Gujjars outside 50 percent cap. The draft law is being given final touches.”

Gujjar leader Colonel Kirori Singh Bainsla said apologised for all the inconvenience caused due to the agitation.

Meanwhile, 4,500 paramilitary personnel who were rushed to assist the state government in handling the on-going agitation are arriving in batches. Some have reached Rajasthan, while the remaining will arrive later,” a home ministry official said.

The security personnel, drawn from Central Reserve Police Force and Border Security Force, are being sent from different parts of the country.

Earlier, Rajasthan High Court pressurised the Rajasthan government to end traffic disruption due to on-going Gujjar agitation, the Centre has deployed extra security forces to help the state government.

The court rapped the chief secretary and the DGP for failing to arrest even a single Gujjar agitator and allow people to suffer the agitation, which has destroyed road and rail services.

Asking the officials to immediately remove all road and rail blockades, the court directed the chief secretary and DGP to file an affidavit by 29 May clarifying as to why action was not taken under the FIR registered against the agitators.

The court also asked them to give details of the losses caused to public and private property by the agitators over their demand for 5 percent reservation in government jobs.

It may be noted Gujjars have been blocking rail tracks and roads in three districts, for a week including that on Delhi-Mumbai route. The protest has also affected movement of vehicles on the Jaipur-Agra highway.

 

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