With the Rajasthan High Court on Wednesday ruling against 5% reservation in jobs for Gujjars, the community is getting ready to intensify its stir and may blockade roads and railway tracks across the state.
A division bench of chief justice Arun Mishra and justice Mahesh Bhagwati ruled that the reservation be put in abeyance for one year. They said that the Act of 2008 did not have quantifiable data on castes that could justify the reservation.
Expressing unhappiness over the verdict, Gujjar leader Col Kirori Singh Bainsala, said the agitation would be intensified and may include blockade of railway tracks and roads in the state.
Bainsala who is sitting along with supporters on the rail track near Bharatpur, said if the court has stayed reservation, the government should give 5% reservation in the OBC quota and in the interim stop all job recruitments.
The Gujjars began an agitation in Bharatpur district since Monday demanding reservation. They have blocked the main Delhi-Mumbia railway line, forcing delay, cancellation and diversion of around 40 trains.
The Rajasthan SC, ST, Backward Classes, Special Backward Classes (Reservations of seats in Educational Institutions in the State and Appointments of Posts in the Service under Rajasthan) Act 2008 was passed by the former BJP government. It provided for 5% reservation to Gujjars, Rebaris, Raikas and Gadiya Luhar communities and 14% for Economically Backward Classes.
The judges, in their order, questioned the constitutional authority of the state government to give 5 % reservation in excess of the 50% limit. The court said the state government should carry out a survey of the Gujjars, Rebaris, Raikas and Gadiya Luhar communities within one year to establish the backwardness before giving reservation.
The Rajasthan High Court had earlier stayed the quota as it exceeded the 50% limit.
Note: Out of 32 districts 14 districts have got reasonably high parentage of the Gurjars which include Dausa, Tonk, Swaimadhopur, Karauli, Ajmer, Bundi, Kota, Jhalawar, Bhilawara, Rajsamand, Chitirgarh, Bharatpur, Dholpur and Jaipur.
Reservation position in Rajasthan
SC –16 percent (Meghwal, bairwa, Raiggar, Khatik, Jatav, valmiki, etc)
ST----12 per cent (Meena, Bheel meena, garsiya, saehriya, gameti etc)
OBC-21 % Jats, gurjars, mali, yadav, charan, rawat, kumawat, sunar