Rajasthan braces for quota stir

first_imgSecurity has been tightened in the eastern Rajasthan districts of Bharatpur, Dausa, Karauli and Dholpur on Monday ahead of a “Mahapanchayat” (sit-in) announced by Gujjars to press for 5% reservation for the community in the Other Backward Classes (OBC) quota. The agitation is proposed to be launched at Adda village near Bayana on Tuesday.A 15-member delegation of Gujjars arrived here on Monday to hold talks with the State government on the contentious issue. However, Gujjar Aarakshan Sangharsh Samiti convenor Kirori Singh Bainsla did not come for negotiations.The talks of Gujjars with a group of Ministers, led by Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Arun Chaturvedi, and senior government officers were continuing at the State Secretariat here till late in the evening. Meanwhile, prohibitory orders under Section 144 of Criminal Procedure Code have been imposed in Bharatput district till May 31.Col. Bainsla said in Bharatpur that the deliberations at the meeting would be shared with the community on Tuesday to decide their future course of action. The Rapid Action Force battalions have been sent to Bayana, Hindon and Bharatpur towns to deal with any untoward situation.The State government had created a “most backward” category within OBCs for Gujjars and four other nomadic communities and given them 5% reservation through a Bill passed in the Assembly on October 26 last year, increasing the OBC quota from 21% to 26% and taking the overall quota in the State to 54%.The Rajasthan HC restrained the State government on November 9, 2017, from implementing the provisions of the Bill. Later, the Supreme Court also restrained the State government from taking any action or decision on the administrative side or in any manner conferring the benefit of reservation which will have the result of crossing the total reservation beyond 50%. The apex court has since asked the State government to maintain status quo till the High Court decides a pending case against the impugned Bill.last_img

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