Jat stir: Government’s patience running out



Jat stir: Government’s patience running out 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 India.

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 said.

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 said.

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.

PTI