Rajasthan to issue circular today on 1% quota to MBCs
The Rajasthan government on Sunday assured Gujjar leaders that a circular mandating 1% reservation to five communities under the most backward classes (MBC) category would be issued by 5pm on Monday.
The government’s assurance came after Gujjar leaders threatened to stage a protest during PM Narendra Modi’s visit to Jaipur on July 7. The five communities to benefit from the development include Gujjars.
Speaking to reporters after a meeting with a delegation of the Gujjar Aarakshan Sangharsh Samiti, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Rajendra Rathore also said the government has withdrawn 203 criminal cases lodged against the community members during the Gujjar Aandolan.
Members of Gujjar Arakshan Sangarsh Samiti met cabinet ministers Arun Chaturvedi and Rajendra Rathore over their reservation demand. Gujjar leader Himmat Singh said the government was given an ultimatum and a deadline of Monday evening to issue the circular, failing which they would protest against the PM’s visit.
Another Gujjar leader Shailendra Singh said, “The government has agreed to issue the circular by 5pm on Monday. The ministers have assured us of 1% reservation at the earliest.”
He said the members of the Samiti were satisfied with the meeting in which issues related to the Devnarayan Scheme, the Gurukul Aawas Yojna and the withdrawal of cases lodged during the Gujjar Aandolan were discussed.
Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Arun Chaturvedi, who is also a member of parliamentary sub-committee, said the circular on the reservation could not be issued earlier due to legal hurdles.
The main demand of the Gujjars is 5% reservation within the OBC quota to not violate the 50% limit prescribed by the Supreme Court. While that could not be provided, the government had in December 2017 approved 1% reservation for Gujjars and four other backward castes.
The Gujjar delegation, however, said they will protest if the demands are not met. Himmat Singh, a spokesperson for the Samiti, said they will protest Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s proposed rally in Jaipur if the agreement arrived at with the government in the past is not implemented.
He said the community is fighting for their cause for the past 13 years and will wait till tomorrow. Failing which, we will protest against Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s public meeting.
However, Rathore said, “We will complete the procedural delays and fulfill the points in the agreement.”