Hundreds of Jats from Bharatpur district threatened on Monday to launch a fresh agitation for reservation in the state under the Other Backward Classes (OBC) category.
Addressing a gathering of Jats at Khori village, about 40km from here, Bharatpur-Dholpur Jat Aarakshan Sangharsh Samiti convener Nem Singh said a panchayat would be held on February 13 to decide on the agitation. “Public meetings are being organised in rural areas to apprise people about the upcoming panchayat.”
Jat leader and Congress MLA Vishvendra Singh criticised the Bharatiya Janata Party government for not fulfilling its commitment made to the Jats on February 23 last year.
“People are fed up with government’s assurances,” Singh said. “We will decide on launching a fresh agitation in the panchayat to be organised on February 13. Government should not delay the legal process and give reservation soon.”
Barring Jats from Bharatpur and Dholpur, others in the state have got reservation under the OBC category in the Centre and the state. Jats from the two districts were excluded by the Centre when it gave reservation in October 1999 as they belonged to the ruling class. The state government, however, gave reservation to the Jats from the two districts through a notification in November 1999.
In August 2015, the Rajasthan high court quashed the 1999 state government order, saying no survey was done before giving reservation to the Jats. The court asked the government to set up a commission to review the status of all OBC communities in four months.
The government set up the OBC commission in 2015 but no survey has been done.
“The government assured us but no survey has been undertaken by the OBC commission to consider the demand for reservation. Either the government should complete the survey and begin the process for reservation, or be ready to face a fresh agitation,” said Nem Singh.