HC-appointed committee recommends quota for Gujjars

A committee appointed by the High Court to look into the reservation demand of Gujjars in Rajasthan has recommended the government to grant quota and special backward class status to the community.

Last Updated: May 03, 2010, 17:50 PM IST

Jaipur: A committee appointed by the High
Court to look into the reservation demand of Gujjars in
Rajasthan has recommended the government to grant quota and
special backward class status to the community.

The I S Israni committee report submitted before the High
Court has endorsed the recommendations of Justice Chopra
Committee, which had recommended five per cent reservation for
the community in 2007 in government employment and admission
to educational institutions.

The Israni committee report has also asked the government
to contest the reservation issue in favour of the community.

The committee was constituted by an interim order of the
High Court to defuse law and order situation arising out of
Gujjars` agitations in the state.

The High Court had last year, however, struck down the
five per cent reservation for the community (as recommended by
the Jasraj Chopra Committee) observing that the measure would
exceed the 50 per cent reservation cap.

The report said the government must apprise HC of the
Maharashtra pattern of reservation wherein more than 50 per
cent of quota has been granted.

The Court had directed the government to submit the
Israni committee report by today (May 3).

The committee also recommended that government engage
specialised lawyers for contesting the court cases in favour
of Gujjars. The other demands of the community regarding
scholarships, compassionate appointments, withdrawal of cases
pending against them should be taken up in accordance with
law, the report said.

Acting on a PIL last year, the court had stayed the 19
per cent reservation given to special backward class and
economically backward classes, which included Gujjars.

PTI