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Gujjars call off agitation

The month-long agitation by Gujjars led by Kirori Singh Bainsla was called off on Wednesday with the state government agreeing to accord one per cent more quota to the community.



Jaipur: The month-long agitation by Gujjars
led by Kirori Singh Bainsla was called off on Wednesday with the
state government agreeing to accord one per cent more quota to
the community in addition to the existing four per cent given
to them under the OBC category.

The announcement to call off the stir was made by Bainsla
at Madanpur in Bayana Bharatpur district after a three-hour
meeting with the Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot and the
ministerial committee, a close aide of the Gujjar leader said.

As per the agreement, since the community is already
getting four per cent reservation under the OBC category, they
would get one per cent more of quota till the High Court
formalities regarding their demand for five per cent
reservation under the Special Backward Class were completed,
Bainsla`s close aide Roop Singh said.

The Gujjars have agreed to this arrangement and would
wait till the government finds out a formula to announce the
five per cent reservation under the SBC category as demanded
by the community, Singh said.

Gujjars have also withdrawn their demand for imposition
of ban on recruitment in government services in the wake of
the agreement, he said.

State Home Minister Dhariwal who is part of the
ministerial committee said that the meeting ended on a
positive note.

Meanwhile, the I S Israni Committee looking into the
Gujjar demand submitted its report to the Rajasthan High Court
after hearing all the sides recommending quota for the
community under the SBC category.

Bainsla had issued a one-day ultimatum to the state
government on Monday to fulfil their demand for reservation
threatening to intensify the agitation if it failed to meet
the deadline.

"Anything can happen if the government did not make a
substantial move to accord reservation to the community," he
had said.

Gujjars are demanding five per cent reservation under
SBC category which includes the Bajara, Raika, Rebari and
Gadia Luhar communities.

Hundreds of Gujjars were staging a Mahapadav (sit-in)
at Sikandara in Dausa, Madanpur, Tonk, Ajmer, Jhunjhunu and
other places in support of the demand since April 16.

PTI

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