Jat agitation: Top govt panel reviews situation

Last Updated: Monday, March 21, 2011 - 19:59

New Delhi: The government`s Crisis
Management Group (CMG) on Monday reviewed the situation arising
out of the continuous agitation by Jats for job quota and the
steps being taken for smooth flow of trains and road traffic
in North India.

The Centre is also mulling changing rules to allow the
National Commission for Backward Castes (NCBC) to receive
representations of the Jats to consider community`s pleas for
inclusion in the Central government list of backward castes.

The existing rules do not allow the NCBC to take the
petitions of the Jats as it had long ago rejected their pleas
for inclusion in the quota list.

"The change of this particular rule does not need any
Parliamentary approval. So, the Ministry of Social justice and
Empowerment is likely to issue an official notification in
this effect soon so that the NCBC can consider their pleas
again," an official said.

The CMG, headed by Cabinet Secretary KM Chandrasekhar,
took stock of the situation in Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and
Rajasthan where the agitation of the Jat community affected
normal life, particularly the railway traffic.

The meeting also deliberated a few options which could
be considered to bring back normalcy in the affected areas.

Officials said the train traffic between Delhi and
Chandigarh continues to be affected with suspension of several
trains today due to the blockade by Jats in Haryana.

The Home Ministry has already dispatched 1,000
paramilitary personnel to Haryana to assist local authorities
to deal with any law and order situation there.

On Saturday, the Jats withdrew their fortnight-long
blockade from the railway tracks in Uttar Pradesh following an
Allahabad High Court order, but a crucial meeting between the
protesters and Union Home Minister P Chidambaram and Social
Justice and Empowerment Minister Mukul Wasnik failed to find
an amicable solution to the demand.

All India Jat Aarakshan Samiti chief Yashpal Malik said
they would continue their agitation as the government did not
give any commitment on the time-limit on implementation of the
demand even though it accepted that the demand was justified.

However, Secretary in the Ministry of Social Justice and
Empowerment K M Acharya said the demand for inclusion of Jats
into the central list of OBCs has to be taken by the NCBC for
which the government cannot give any time-bound commitment as
the Commission was an independent entity.

PTI



First Published: Monday, March 21, 2011 - 19:59

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