The Haryana cabinet has approved the Jat reservation bill. The bill will proposes to provide reservation to five communities including the politically dominant Jat community. This comes a day after the Akhil Bhartiya Jat Aarakshan Sangharsh Samiti (ABJASS), the body that spearheaded the Jat quota stir in February, yesterday threatened to resume the agitation if its demands are not met by the end of this month.
The draft Bill on reservation to Jats and four other castes (Jat Sikhs, Rors, Bishnois and Tyagis) was cleared at a cabinet meeting under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar. The Bill is likely to be tabled in the ongoing budget session of the state Assembly, which is scheduled to continue till March 31.
In February, 30 people had lost their lives during the nine-day violent agitation by Jats demanding 10 per cent quota in government jobs and educational institutions. Several districts including Rohtak, the epicentre of Jat agitation, Jhajjar, Kaithal, Jind, Sonipat and Bhiwani had witnessed violence.
But now according to source the government plans to provide 10 per cent reservation in educational institutions and Class-III and IV government jobs for these communities. It has proposed 6% per cent reservation for Jats and the four other castes in Class-I and Class-II jobs.
Apart from giving reservation to Jats, Haryana government has also proposed to bring a separate Bill for the setting up of a permanent Haryana Backward Classes Commission and Jat leaders have been demanding reservation in the existing Backward Classes (BC) category. The BC quota is bifurcated into two – BC-A and BC-B -having 16 and 11 % reservation, respectively.
Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar had said earlier that the state government would introduce a new bill in the assembly’s budget session for reservation to five communities. A five-member committee under the chairmanship of the chief secretary was formed earlier this month to prepare draft of the Bill to grant reservation under the ambit of constitution.