Haryana state cabinet clears bill proposing reservations for Jats
The Haryana cabinet on Monday cleared the bill that proposes to provide reservation to five communities, including the politically-dominant Jat community
Chandigarh: The Haryana cabinet on Monday cleared the bill that proposes to provide reservation to five communities, including the politically-dominant Jat community.
The bill is likely to be brought in the state assembly later.
Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar had earlier said that the state government would introduce a new bill in the assembly's budget session calling for reservation to five communities — Jat, Jat Sikh, Tyagi, Bishnoi and Ror.
Khattar had made it clear that the existing 27 per cent reservation for Other Backward Classes (OBCs) in the state would not be disturbed. The OBC community is opposing inclusion of Jats in their category for reservation.
A five-member committee under the chairmanship of the chief secretary was formed earlier this month to prepare a draft of the bill to grant reservation under the ambit of constitution.
The Jat community has extended its deadline for the reservation demand till 31 March, 2016.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government in the state had promised reservation for the Jat community and others after the recent agitation for reservation left the state paralysed for nine days. A total of 30 people were killed and over 320 injured, while property worth hundreds of crores of rupees was destroyed as the agitation turned violent.
Calls for a fresh push for the demand have followed the Supreme Court's 5 May decision that held that total reservations cannot breach the 50 percent ceiling.
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