Gujjars call off stir as R'than gives in to demands

Gujjars call off stir as R'than gives in to demands

The Gujjars called off their agitation late on Thursday after the Rajasthan government decided to introduce a fresh reservation bill in the Assembly to give 5 per cent reservation to the community.

In order to escape legal complications, the government has assured the community that it will notify and list the five per cent reservation in the 9th schedule of the Constitution.

After a marathon meeting with Gujjar leaders, Health and Medical Education Minister Rajendra Singh Rathore informed that community leaders and state government has signed an agreement, which includes eight-point agenda to provide reservation to Gujjars.

“The state government has decided to bring in a fresh reservation bill in the next session of the Assembly. In order to avoid legal hurdles, the government will ensure than five per cent reservation to Gujjars is listed in the 9th schedule of the Constitution,” the minister said.

The eight-point agreement includes constituting a committee to monitor the reservation process.  “The committee will review the agreement on a weekly basis. A draft bill will be prepared after consultation with legal experts and Gujjar leaders,” said Rathore.

In 2008, the state government had passed a reservation bill for Gujjars and had even recommended the Union government to notify it in the 9th schedule of the Constitution but several provisions of the bill were challenged in the Rajasthan High Court.

The state government has also agreed to review the pending cases against Gujjar leaders and the community. Over 3,000 cases have been lodged against Gujjar leaders and the people of the community during their eight-day long agitation. “We have decided to call off the agitation. But formal announcement will be made once we reach Pilukapura village, Bharatpur district. I hope the state government will adhere by the agreement,” said Gujjar leader Kirori Singh Bainsla.

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