Jat stir: Government’s patience running out

Jat leaders have refused to call of their stir on quota that affected rail traffic in northern India.

Updated: Mar 17, 2011, 19:05 PM IST

New Delhi: With the Jat community leaders
refusing to call of their agitation on quota issue, the Centre
on Thursday said that it’s "patience is running out" as the stir has
affected rail traffic and essential services in northern

The government was expecting the suspension of the
agitation by the Jats, demanding reservation in Central
Government jobs under OBC category, after their talks with
Home Minister P Chidambaram and Social Justice Minister Mukul
Wasnik yesterday.
"But the agitators declared that the stir will
continue. We are running out of our patience. We wanted a
peaceful resolution of the crisis. But how long we will
tolerate disruption of rail traffic and other essential
services?" a government official asked.

The government is unlikely to invite the agitating
Jats for another round of discussion unless they call off the
stir, officials said.

They said the Central government at this stage can do
little to fulfil the demands of the Jats except forwarding
them to the Backward Castes Commission for consideration.

"We are ready to forward the case to the Backward
Castes Commission. But they have to call off the agitation and
allow normal life in the stir affected areas," the official
After the meeting with Chidambaram and Wasnik, a
delegation of Jat leaders had said they would hold a meeting
of their `core committee` where the request of the Central
government to suspend the agitation would be discussed.

But later in the evening, the agitators declared that
they would continue the stir.

The Union ministers had conveyed to the Jat
representatives that they need three to four days as the
demand for inclusion of Jats in the Central government list of
OBCs needed to be discussed with the Ministry of Law and other
relevant wings of the government, Jat leader Yashpal Malik had

The protesting Jats in Uttar Pradesh and Haryana have
been demanding reservation in Central Government jobs under
OBC category.

The over a week-long Jat stir has badly hit the rail
movement with protesters squatting on rail tracks disrupting
movement of trains in various parts of north India.

Jats have threatened to cut all essential supplies to
Delhi if their demands are not met by March 17. Agitators have
also threatened plan to block the supply of oil from Mathura
refinery to Delhi.