Jats start foot march to Delhi for reservation in govt jobs

  • PTI, Hisar (Haryana)
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  • Updated: Dec 16, 2012 20:41 IST

A faction of Jats from Hisar and adjoining districts on Sunday started foot march to Delhi to press for their demand for reservation to the community in government jobs.

The Jats would take a brief halt at Rohtak on December 20.

On December 23, they would start agitation on Delhi borders near Sonepat and Bahadurgarh, a spokesman of Jat Arakshan Sanghrash Samiti told reporters in Hisar.

"It's now or never. We have decided to launch the final fight for reservation from December 23 on the borders of Delhi. The government has been delaying the issue deliberately," he claimed.

He alleged that Haryana government is misleading the Jat Community with the Haryana Backward Classes Commission (HBCC) report submitted to the state government recently.

The Jats faction accused Haryana government of misleading Jat community on reservation while questioning how it will implement 10 per cent reservation in jobs for five castes including Jats when Supreme Court ruling in Indira Sawhney case does not allow job reservation exceeding 50%.

The Jats also asserted that they would go ahead with their agitation if the government did not clarify this issue at the earliest.

"We want to know how the state government will implement 10% reservation (as per HBCC report) because with this special quota, the reservation percentage in the state will exceed 50%.

But the Supreme Court in Indira Sahney case in 1992 has held that the reservation in government jobs cannot exceed 50%," Sanyukt Jat Arakshan Sangharsh Samiti, National President HPS Parihar said.

Haryana government has in principle accepted the report of the HBCC, which has recommended the inclusion of five castes including Jat, Jat Sikh, Bishnoi, Ror and Tyagi in special Backward Classes giving them 10% reservation, which would be in addition to 27% reservation already being given to Backward Classes.

Haryana already povides 20% quota in jobs for Scheduled Castes, 27% to Backward Classes and now with 10 per cent additional quota, the reservation percentage will reach 57%.

The Jats are demanding that rather than giving reservation in special quota, they should be included in 27 per cent existing quota for backward classes, according to Parihar.


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