As the Jat agitation entered eighth day, Bharatiya Janata Party’s state unit chief Subhash Barala attacked the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) and Congress leadership in the state for ‘extending support’ to the protesters.
“Some politicians are trying to instigate protests for their political gains, but they will not be allowed disturb the peace and harmony of the state,” Barala said, while addressing the gathering in Panipat on Sunday at a function organised to commemorate the 640th birth anniversary of Sant Ravidas.
“These politicians are using others for your motives as they are worried about the working of the BJP, which started welfare schemes for all 36 communities,” he said. “They used Scheduled Castes for votes and did nothing for their welfare,” he added.
Meanwhile, chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar announced setting up of ‘Bhawan Nirman Academy’, named after Guru Ravidas, at a cost of Rs 100 crore in Jind. He also announced to enhance financial assistance under ‘Mukhyamanti Vivah Shagun Yojna’.
The chief minister, who was addressing the public rally said the backlog of vacant posts meant for Scheduled Castes in government jobs will be filled up at the earliest. He added that the process has already started as a committee headed by P Ragvendra Rao, additional chief secretary, finance and planning had been asked to study about the percentage of posts for reserved categories lying vacant in different departments.
The government will conduct special recruitment drive to fill up posts for members belonging to the Scheduled Castes, he added. Khattar also promised to enhance the amount of incentive granted for the marriage of daughters belonging to Scheduled Castes under ‘Mukhyamanti Vivah Shagun Yojna’ from Rs 41,000 to Rs 51,000 and said the shagun will reach the beneficiaries seven days prior to the marriage.
Referring to the demand about reservation in promotion, he said the matter is pending in the court, but he asked them to engage a good advocate to plead the case in the high court so as to get the stay vacated.