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Gujjar quota: Rajasthan Govt sets up high-power committee

Pursuant to an order of the Rajasthan HC, the state govt on Sunday set up a high-power committee to look into the demands of Gujjar community.

Updated: Apr 18, 2010, 20:54 PM IST

Jaipur: Pursuant to an order of the
Rajasthan High Court, the state government on Sunday set up a
high-power committee to look into the demands of Gujjar
community which is on agitation demanding five per cent
reservation in jobs and educational institutions.

The seven-member committee would be headed by retired
High Court Judge I S Israni, a CMO spokesman said.

Congress MP Ratan Singh, Independent MLA Ramswaroop
Kasana, Karan Singh Yadav (Cong), Satya Narayan Singh, former
chairman of OBC commission, lawyer V S Gujjar and Niranjan
Arya IAS have been nominated as the other members of the

The committee was set up in compliance with a High
Court order on a PIL on the ongoing Gujjar agitation, the
spokesman said.

The committee would consider all issues and matters
related to Gujjar agitation and hold discussion with
community leaders, he said.

Earlier the talks between Gujjar leader
Kirori Singh Bainsla, spearheading the community`s stir for
five per cent reservation in state jobs, and the Rajasthan
government failed to end the stalemate today.

The deadlock persisted with Bainsla demanding a halt
to the recruitment drive to be launched by the Ashok Gehlot
government to fill up nearly 80,000 posts under the existing

Government emissary and Energy Minister Jitendra Singh
told reporters after the five-hour talks the administration
had agreed in principle to provide five per quota to Gujjars
in jobs.

The government was also ready to set up a committee as
directed by the High Court to look into the quota issue, he

However, Bainsla insisted the recruitment drive to be
put on hold first, the Minister said adding the issue would be
discussed at the next round of talks.

A spokesman of the Chief Minister Office said "the
deadlock persists as Gujjars are adamant on their demand to
put the recruitment drive on hold till the issue is resolved
but the the government is not ready for this."

Bainsla told reporters the state government had agreed
to provide five per cent reservation to Gujjars in jobs.

He said the talks had been "quite progressive and only
the issue of state government`s recruitment drive is pending."

Bainsla said: "the Gujjars should get the five per cent
quota whether it is within the limit of existing 50 per cent
or beyond it."