As the Gujjars community is intensifying their five-day-old agitaiotn, blocking railway tracks and several highways, in an atempt to get peace from them Ashok Ghelot government in Rajasthan today introduced a bill in the Assembly to give a five per cent quota in jobs and educational institutes to Gujjars and four other communities agitating for it.
The government introduced the Rajasthan Backward Classes (Reservation of Seats in Educational Institutes in the State and of Appointments and Posts in Services under the State) Amendment Bill, 2019, for giving reservation to Gujjars and the other castes.
It may be recalled that Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot said only Saturday that any reservation or quota can be introduced only through Constitutional amendments. While responding on Gujjar quota agitation, he said “Gujjar’s quota demands can be met only via amendments in Constitution. So they (Gujjar community) should approach the Centre and submit a memo to PM.”
The present bill was presented in the Rajasthan Assembly by Energy Minister B D Kalla to pacify members of the Gujjar community who have been holding demonstrations since Friday across the state for quota. They blocked the Delhi-Mumbai railway track and several highways and roads.
The bill seeks to increase the backward classes’ reservation from the present 21 per cent to 26 per cent with five per cent reservation to Gujjars, Banjaras, Gadia Lohars, Raikas and Gadaria The statement on the objective and reasons of the bill stated that the five castes are most backward and require five per cent separate reservation.