A Punjab Congress delegation met union home minister P Chidambaram on Monday and demanded reservation for the Jat community in the state on the plea that most of them were engaged in agricultural activities.
Congress Legislative Party (CLP) leader Sunil Jakhar, who met Chidambaram along with Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, said in his representation that reservation in government jobs, both in state as well as central government departments, for the Jat community of Punjab was constitutionally justified.
According to Jakhar, to qualify for reservation, a community has to fulfil two conditions as per section 340 of the Constitution-educational and social backwardness.
As per the Mandal commission report, all communities living in villages are educationally backward. Since 95% of the Jat community lives in villages, they fulfil the first condition, Jakhar reasoned.
Though the Mandal commission also recommended inclusion of Jats in the OBC list, this did not happen, Jakhar said in the representation. He said it would be gross injustice to the Jat community if it is left out of the OBC category.