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Jats says govt delaying OBC quota, warn of stir

Renewing the efforts for inclusion in the OBC category for reservation in jobs and education, members of the Jat community in Bharatpur and Dholpur districts Monday submitted a memorandum to Divisional Commissioner Vikas Sitaram Bhale here.

jaipur Updated: Apr 17, 2017 20:47 IST
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A delegation representing the Jat community hands over a memorandum to divisional commissioner to demand quota in Bharatpur.
A delegation representing the Jat community hands over a memorandum to divisional commissioner to demand quota in Bharatpur. (HT Photo)

Renewing the efforts for inclusion in the OBC category for reservation in jobs and education, members of the Jat community in Bharatpur and Dholpur districts Monday submitted a memorandum to Divisional Commissioner Vikas Sitaram Bhale here.

Members of the Bharatpur-Dholpur Jat Aarakshan Sangharsh Samiti, led by convenor Nem Singh, also accused the Rajasthan government of going slow on their demands. Nem Singh alleged that the OBC Commission, constituted by the government to study the social, political, and financial condition of in the two districts has completed the survey.

He demanded that the commission’s report should be submitted to the government immediately and the community members from the two districts included in the OBC category.

“Youths from the community have been at the receiving end as they have lost numerous opportunities of state government jobs in the last two years. Government has only given us assurances. They are still delaying the process and it won’t be tolerated,” said Nem Singh.

The divisional commissioner said he will forward the memorandum to senior government officials. “They have demanded that the OBC commission must submit its survey report with the state government,” he added.

The OBC Commission, led by chairman GR Goyal and secretary Hari Kumar Godara, was on a six-day tour (February 9 to 14) in Bharatpur and Dholpur to carry out the survey of Jat community for reservation in OBC category. They held meetings with panchayat samitsi, municipal officers, and district council members.

Sources said, the commission surveyed 14,000 Jat families in the two districts.

Barring the Jats in Bharatpur and Dholpur, others in the state were granted reservation under the OBC category by the Cetre in October 1999. The community members from the two districts were excluded as they belonged to the ruling class. The Rajasthan government, however, granted them reservation benefits through a notification a month later.

The Rajasthan high court, however, quashed the state government notification in August 2015, saying no survey was done before giving reservation to the Jats in the two districts. 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 high court, in October 2016, ordered to dissolve the commission since it was constituted without the state Assembly enacting any legislation for it. The court had also directed the government to appoint a new panel backed by a statute.

The new OBC commission was granted a constitutional status by the assembly on February 6, 2017.