Fresh bid made to resolve impasse over quota to Gujjars

A fresh bid to resolve the 14-day-old impasse over quota to Gujjars in Rajasthan was made tonight with the state government and a delegation of the agitators resuming negotiations.

Last Updated: Jan 02, 2011, 23:04 PM IST

Jaipur: A fresh bid to resolve the 14-day-old
impasse over quota to Gujjars in Rajasthan was made tonight
with the state government and a delegation of the agitators
resuming negotiations.

A 51-member delegation, led by Basanta Gujjar, held the
third round of parleys at the state secretariat here with a
committee comprising Energy Minister Jitendra Singh, Home
Minister Shanti Dhariwal and Transport Minister B K Sharma.

The resumption of talks between the agitators demanding
five per cent reservation in government jobs for Gujjars and
the state authorities follows an appeal to them by Union
Minister Sachin Pilot, who belongs to the community, to seek a
solution through dialogue.

Gujjars were refusing to hold another round of talks with
the government insisting on intervention of Congress leaders
from the community who, including Pilot, held discussions with
state ministers yesterday in a bid to pave the way for another
round of parleys.

The second round of talks was held on Thursday last
between an 11-member delegation and government officials at
Bayana, while the first round was held on Sunday at
Pilukapura, the epicentre of the agitation, but no headway was
made.

The High Court on December 22 had stayed the operation of
an Act granting five per cent reservation to Gujjars and
directed the state government to undertake a data collection
exercise within one year to justify the quota for members of
the community.

The agitators have been blocking Mumbai-Delhi rail tracks
and Jaipur-Agra National Highway and several other roads in
support of their demand for the last 14 days.

PTI