The Rajasthan government on Thursday approved the implementation of five per cent quota benefit to Gujjars and three other communities along with a 14 per cent quota to economically backward castes. Governor SK Singh, too, has given his nod to the Bill.
Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot held a cabinet meeting on Thursday to reach this decision, which came five days after Gujjar leader Col Kirori Singh Bainsala warned of an agitation if the demand was not met.
On Sunday, Bainsala had called for a ‘mahapadav’ (sit-in) at Penchala village in Karauli district and had given the state government 24 hours to decide on the matter.
The Bill was passed by the erstwhile Vasundhara Raje government last year.
After Bainsala threatened to renew the agitation, the Congress government, worried about a possible violent protest, made efforts to reach out to the Gujjar community and invited its leaders for talks.
A large delegation of Gujjar leaders led by Bainsala arrived in Jaipur on Monday and held talks with government officials.
After meeting the CM and governor during the week, the Gujjar leaders had expressed satisfaction at the talks.
With four days having passed and no sign of the Bill being passed, questions began to be asked. The government said the delay was because they had to iron out constitutional and legal issues that might arise.