Gujjar`s quota talks with govt inconclusive

Last Updated: Tuesday, July 28, 2009 - 23:43

Jaipur: Talks between Gujjar delegation
and the Rajasthan government on a legislation seeking
reservation for the community remained inconclusive today,
even as the Gujjar leadership decided to continue the ongoing
sit-in to press for Scheduled Tribe status.
The government and the Gujjar leadership agreed to meet
again to iron out "differences" over the bill, the date of
which was not decided today, official source said.

Kirorisingh Bainsla, who led the community delegation
told reporters, "Talks remained inconclusive. We have decided
to continue Mahapadav (sit-in). We will meet again on the
reservation issue."

Officials said the government stuck to its earlier
stand that it was, in principle, agreeable to five per cent
reservation in government jobs but held that the 14 per cent
reservation would be unconstitutional.

Energy Minister Jitendra Singh, who led the government
side in talks said, "Representatives of government and Gujjar
community leadership will meet Governor S K Singh tomorrow."

There were two rounds of talks -- first with the
ministers and then with Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot. While a
delegation of 32 Gujjar leaders, headed by Bainsala was
present in the talks with the ministers and officials, only
five of the community met the CM.
Government held that the bill passed by the assembly last year could not be approved in the present form and said
that it should be "redirected" to the assembly for "changes".

The Rajasthan SC, ST, OBC, Special Backward Classes,
and Economically Backward Classes Bill-2008, passed during BJP
rule is awaiting Governor`s assent.

The government argued that the 14 per cent reservation,
as demanded by the Gujjars, to ECB (Economic Backward Class)
would be unconstitutional as it would cross the reservation
limit of 50 per cent. Gehlot had yesterday said that such a
decision could be taken either by the Centre or Parliament.

In July last year, the BJP government of Vasundhra Raje
had passed the bill following a violent agitation by Gujjars
pressing for Scheduled Tribe status.

One of the delegates and founders of Gujjar Sangarsh
Samiti, Captain Jagram Singh, told PTI that the government
wanted to provide five per cent quota to Gujjars and three
other communities but it would be either through a new
legislation if introduced in the House.

The government side asked the Gujjar leaders to convince
opposition BJP about the status of talks to avoid a political
confrontation with the Congress government, Jagram claimed and
added that, "We told the meeting that it was not possible
for Gujjars... It should be the government`s job to find a way
out".

Bureau Report



First Published: Tuesday, July 28, 2009 - 23:43

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