Rajasthan government assures Gujjars on quota after agitation threat

Rajasthan government has assured Gujjar community that it would go for an appropriate solution within the framework of law to protect their interest, as the community has threatened to launch a new agitation over quota.

Rajasthan government assures Gujjars on quota after agitation threat

Rajasthan government has assured Gujjar community that it would go for an appropriate solution within the framework of law to protect their interest, as the community has threatened to launch a new agitation over quota.

The Rajasthan High Court had on December 9 struck down Special Backward Classes quota given to Gujjars and five other communities by the state government as the total reservation exceeded the permissible limit of 50 per cent.


"State Government is waiting for a certified copy of the Rajasthan high court judgment so that an appropriate solution, within the framework of law, can be arrived at," a statement said. The government said that it always showed its commitment to the welfare and uplift of Special Backward Classes (SBCs) of the state and concrete steps had been taken in the past.

"The decisions taken in the interest of the communities include convening a special session of the Rajasthan Legislative Assembly. The Chief Minister had directed that all efforts have to be made to defend the legislation of 2015," the statement added.

The Rajasthan High Court has directed to suspend its December 9 order for a period of six weeks and that the appointments/admissions given by the Government of Rajasthan, pursuant to the 2015 Act, shall not be disturbed, it said

After the court order, the Gujjar Aarakshan Sangharsh Samiti had threatened to launch a fresh agitation for quota.

On November 28, 2012, the Rajasthan Cabinet had decided to provide a separate five per cent quota to the SBCs without touching the 21 per cent reservation available to Other Backward Classes and taking the overall reservation in jobs and education to 54 per cent.

The state has witnessed violent agitation by Gujjars several times since 2007, when the community members blocked national highways and railway tracks and were fired upon by the police.