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Panel to examine Gujjars' demand for ST status

The decision follows talks between Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje and Gujjar leaders, reports KS Tomar.

jaipur Updated: Jun 05, 2007 05:48 IST
KS Tomar
KS Tomar
Hindustan Times

Gujjar leaders in Rajasthan signed a truce agreement with the state government on Monday, and called off the community’s week-long agitation for Scheduled Tribe status that claimed 30 lives.

“We have decided to withdraw our agitation. All highways will be opened for traffic without delay,” said K.S. Baisala, chairman of the Gujjar Sangharsh Samiti (GSS), which spearheaded the agitation.

The statement followed negotiations Baisala held with Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje during which the government said a panel would examine the Gujjars’ demand.

“I regret the inconvenience caused to the people of the country due to our movement. I appeal to them to pardon me,” Baisala said. The violent protests had paralysed road and rail traffic in the state.

After the talks, Raje said: “The state government has agreed to appoint a three-member commission, headed by a retired judge of the high court, to examine the demand of the Gujjars to include them in the ST category. The member-secretary of the commission will be an expert on tribes’ matters, and the Gujjars’ demand will be examined under the parameters and yardsticks of the Government of India. The commission will submit its report within three months.”

She said the government would also consider compensation to those injured in police firing at different places in the state.

First Published: Jun 04, 2007 18:03 IST