Jats continue stir, likely to hold talks with Centre

The Jat community is agitating to seek a fixed quota in government jobs.

Chandigarh: Jats demanding quota for the
community in government jobs are likely to hold another round
of talks with the Centre on the issue even as the agitation
continues to disrupt train services in many parts of Haryana.

"The Centre has indicated that it wants to hold another
round of talks with us. Let`s see what the outcome of these
will be," Hawa Singh Sangwan, Haryana State President of All
India Jat Arakshan Sangharsh Samiti, the body spearheading the
agitation, said.

However, he refused to elaborate as and when the talks
will be held.

Train services in parts of northern India continue to
remain disrupted for yet another day Tuesday.

The ongoing fortnight-long stir by Jats has badly
affected rail traffic in northern India, forcing the Northern
Railways to cancel several trains, divert routes of some

With the disruption in the supply of coal, the Rajiv
Gandhi Thermal Power Plant, Khedar, Hisar has been closed.

At a meeting held at Kurukshetra yesterday, the
agitating Jats had threatened to block the Delhi-Ambala rail
route if their demand was not met by March 25.

They also threatened to cut off the national capital
from the rest of north India in the next phase of their stir
if the demand was not fulfilled by March 28.

The Union Government`s Crisis Management Group (CMG) had
yesterday 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.

When asked that 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
plea for inclusion in the Central government list of backward
castes, Sangwan said, "This has been indicated to us. But we
understand that the whole process could take six months. Let`s
see how things work out when we meet them again".

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

A meeting of the Jat leaders was also held at Ramayan
village in Hisar last evening, in which it was decided to
continue blocking rail tracks in the district.

Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda has again
appealed to the agitating Jats to end their stir.

The Jat agitation had also echoed in the Budget Session
of the Haryana Assembly, which had witnessed uproarious scenes
over the issue on March 15.


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