Quota bill gets Raj Guv's nod


Earlier, the Cabinet at its meeting here, presided by Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, approved the long-pending bill which was brought by the previous Vasundhara Raje government.

A Raj Bhavan communique said the Governor had given his assent to the Rajasthan SC/ST/OBCs/Special Backward Classes (Gujjars and three other communities) and EBCs Bill, 2008.

The bill was passed by the Rajasthan assembly last year when the BJP was in power.
The communique said the Governor took time to give his nod as the legislation involved a number of constitutional issues which required legal opinion.

According to the bill, people belonging to the creamy layer will not be eligible for consideration against the reserved quota in any educational institution in the state.

Gujjars, under the leadership of Bainsla, are staging a sit-in near Hindon town in Karoli district demanding early enactment of law for quota for Gujjar community in jobs.

Bainsla had speareheaded long-drawn violent agitations in 2007 and 2008 to press for ST status for Gujjars and quota in job for the community members.

Buoyed by the Governor's nod to the quota bill, Bainsla told reporters here that the community leaders have decided in principle to withdraw their sit-in near Hindon town in Karoli district and he would make a formal announcement of this tomorrow after celebrations at the demonstration site.

Bainsla thanked Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, Rajasthan Governor S K Singh, Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot and his predecessor Vasundhara Raje for the job quota for Gujjars.

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