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Gurjars, 4 other communities to get 1% reservation in NBC category

Thousands of unemployed youths can look forward to getting a government job now. Thanks to a timely and wise decision by Vasundhara Raje government of granting one per cent separate reservation to Gurjars and four other communities in Most Backward Class (MBC) category. Gurjar community may be skeptical about the move but it has paved way to fill up 72,000 posts in the government; the recruitment process for which was stuck because of reservation tangle.For last two years, 72,000 posts in 13 different categories and departments could not be filled because of OBC reservation act. Among them 55,000 posts were those for which notification had been issued. In fact, the government had to extend application deadline five times for level 2 of REET teachers’ recruitment 2016, whereas second grade teachers’ recruitment result was not declared for six months.The recruitment process was stalled only because of reservation issue but now everything is clear as Raje government has made a provision by which Gurjars and four other communities will enjoy one per cent separate reservation in MBC and continue to receive OBC reservation benefits as well.Though, the Gurjar community is still not convinced and threatening to launch stir once again.Notably, the SBC reservation got stuck in the court. The state government had to cancel it. After that, Raje government brought OBC bill to give 5 per cent reservation to Gurjars but before a notification could be issued the matter reached court.Since the overall reservation limit went up to 54%, Supreme Court quashed the bill reiterating its stand that reservation cannot go beyond the cap of 50%. The government discussed the matter with Gurjars and tried to convince them to agree to accept MBC but they refused.However, the government released notification of MBC. Now, the unemployed are eagerly waiting for opening up of the recruitment process.Social justice and empowerment minister, Arun Chaturvedi hailed the decision claiming that MBC will restart stalled recruitment process at speedy level.State president of Berojgar Ekikrat Mahasangh, Upen Yadav, however, demanded that the government should not lose time to restart recruitment process at the same time appointments in old recruitments should be given immediately to fulfill its promise.But, Gurjar leader, Himmat Singh alleged cheating. “The government has duped us. The one percent reservation was available even during the Gehlot government. Instead of keeping youths unemployed, the government could have given this benefit earlier. Our agitation is for 5 per cent reservation will continue. We will oppose the government in upcoming by polls and in assembly elections,” he said.

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Gurjar leaders consider getting Hardik Patel to campaign against BJP

Gurjars leaders in Rajasthan, who are angry with CM Vasundhara Raje-led state government for its decision of giving 1 per cent reservation to the community as opposed to the 5 per cent that they demanded, have started drawing up strategies to beat the saffron party in Ajmer and Alwar and Mandalgarh bypolls. In a step towards this direction, they intend to bring Gujarat’s Patidar leader Hardik Patel — whose alliance with the Congress had damaged BJP’s poll perspective in Gujarat’s major Patel belt — to campaign in the desert state.”We have a thought to bring Hardik here and do campaigning against the BJP which cheated the Gurjars by not giving them 5 per cent reservation which it promised in its Suraj Sankalp Patra. I will get to meet him on December 30, and then will decide further strategy on how to run the campaign here,” said Himmat Singh Gurjar, spokesperson of Gurjar Aarakshan Sangharsh Samiti.Both the leaders — who ran quota movements for their castes Patel and Gurjars respectively — have been in touch for months. Himmat, on Hardik’s call, had also campaigned for the Patel reservation in Gujarat. And Hardik, who was in exile in Udaipur, had met Gurjar leaders including Kirori Singh Bainsala, who spearheaded the agitation for over a decade, regularly supporting their cause.Hardik’s landing in Rajasthan hints that on the line of Gujarat he would seek votes for Congress which he had alliance in Gujarat when the party promised to give the community reservation. His popularity may attract voters, but it is yet to see how much his campaign remains successful in consolidating Gurjars who trusted BJP in previous assembly election and Lok Sabha election making it a visible sweep. His campaigning with Gurjars leaders make an impact in election, particularly in Ajmer bypoll where Gurjars voters in a sizable amount.Singh adds that there is legal hurdle before Hardik to campaign in Rajasthan on the request of Gurjars as in accordance to the court orders he can’t leave Gujarat state. “We are hopeful he would get relief in this matter and campaign against the BJP here.” DNA tried to reach Hardik over the development on phone, though he did not respond to the calls.Notably, Gurjars demanded 5 percent reservation for itself and others four castes and run also a violent movement . The government, meeting their demand, had tabled a bill in recent assembly session. But, it was stayed by the Supreme Court which ordered the government not to exceed 50 percent legal ceiling in quota. A couple of days back, the government, hence, has notified 1 percent reservation to the castes meeting 50 percent ceiling.

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State Gurjar leaders in Gujarat to support Hardik Patel

The Gurjar leaders of Rajasthan, who are engaged in a long standing battle with the state government for reservation are busy camping in Gujarat. They plan to garner support by extending support. There are leaders from Madhya Pradesh too who are slugging it out for Hardik Patel.This is not the first time close affiliation has been seen between the Gurjars and the Patidar leader. Hardik had active support from Gurjars of Rajasthan during the Patidar reservation agitation in 2015. Based on their experience on home grounds, they were instrumental in ensuring disruption of railway tracks.Even when Hardik had been camping in Udaipur, the Gurjars had been constantly providing him protection and escort.Several Gurjar leaders including Himmat Singh Gurjar of the Gurjar Arakshan Sangharsh Samiti are camping in Gujarat and extending support to Hardik. Himmat Singh is member of Hardik’s core committee and was also part of the deliberation between Hardik and Congress. He played an active role in keeping up the momentum of the Patidar movement while Hardik was in jail.Others from Rajasthan who are actively involved are Ajit Singh Gurjar another sangharsh samiti member from Bhilwara, Gehrilal Dangi from Udaipur, Shwetank Patidar and Natwar Patidar from Jhalawar.Mahendra Patidar, the Patidar samaj prant adhyaksh from MP, and Ashish Patidar a youth leader from MP, are also campaigning with Hardik Patel.Speaking to DNA, Himmat Singh said: “We sympathise with him as our causes are identical. But we have a longer experience of dealing with governments and carrying out our agitation.” He added: “We are not just supporting him, we have continuously shared our experiences and pitfalls. This has also given the Patidars better understanding to deal with the government and political parties.” Singh said that they stand with Hardik and agree with his stand to be against the BJP.Favours are meant to be returned. The assembly elections are around the corner and the Gurjar leaders from Rajasthan hope to get Hardik here to campaign for their cause.
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Rajasthan High Court puts Gurjar quota bill on hold

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Rajasthan High Court on Thursday put on hold a state government decision to provide reservations for the Gurjar community under the OBC category.The OBC Reservation Bill 2017 aimed to add Gurjars, who had earlier been given reservation under the SBC (special backward category), into the OBC category. The Bill was cleared in the most recent assembly session and increased the OBC quota from 21 per cent to 26 per cent.However, this breached the 50 per cent cap on reservations, taking it to 54 per cent, besides violating a Supreme Court order maintaining status quo on the move.The HC’s order will remain in place until November 13, the date of the next hearing.”As per the order, the government cannot bring about any notification or order related to the Bill till November 13 when it files its reply. We are hopeful the court will strike down the Bill,” said G P Kaushik, counsel for petitioner.The plea, filed by former MLA Gangasahay Sharma, questioned the Constitutional validity of the Bill as well as its violation of the apex court’s order.The court asked the advocate general whether the government wished to implement the provisions of the bill or if it would keep the bill in abeyance till the matter is decided by the SC.The Gurjars, however, are not pleased. “Government has not implemented the reservation the way we wanted,” said Himmat Singh Gurjar, state spokesperson of the Gurjar Arakshan Sangharsh Samiti. “The govt is under pressure of Jat community, who are usurping lion’s share of the reservation.”Parliamentary Affairs Minister Rajendra Rathore dismissed the allegations, saying “All decisions regarding the reservations were taken in consultation with the community representatives.Issues with billGovt Bill to add reservations for Gurjars under OBC category breaches limit of 50 per cent on caste-based reservationsSupreme Court has also ordered a status quo on reservation for the Gurjar community

Bubble Trouble: Vasundhara Raje emerges stronger in troublesome year

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>It’s been a tough year for chief minister Vasundhara Raje so far. Doctors’ mass strike is the latest addition in her cup of woes. But the deftness with which she has managed the crisis in the past, the ongoing issue too is likely to be resolved soon. One after another, issues kept Raje busy throughout. But at the end, she emerged as a better equipped leader with an answer to every trouble she confronted.The year started with farmers agitating against 25 paise per unit hike in power tariff on agriculture connections. She cleaned up the worries by rolling back the proposal of State Electricity Regulatory Commission. Then cropped up the Dholpur by-election, which was tipped as a litmus test to the popularity of CM. Detractors had speculated that a defeat in her own ‘Kingdom’ (Raje belongs to erstwhile royal family of Dholpur) will besiege her CM throne. But Raje led BJP to a thumping victory closing down all rumour mills.Then again Raje’s political acumen was put to test. Gurjars, who had been agitating for their quota of 5% in government jobs, threatened to launch a massive protest to press their demands. Sensing the imminent risk, Raje swung into action and announced to increase OBC quota from 21% to 26% mitigating the crisis. It was not all. Jats of princely states of Bharatpur and Dholpur, who were earlier excluded from OBC quota, too threatened agitation for equal treatment with Jats from other parts of the state. Despite being caught in a precarious situation, Raje announced their inclusion in the quota, putting an end to their long pending demand. The resolutions of these two issues highlighted ‘extraordinary’ social engineering skills of chief minister.Before Raje could heave sigh of relief, she again encountered agrarian crisis with farmers demanding loan waivers – a phenomenon which has swept entire country after Prime Minister Modi announced loan waivers for farmers in Uttar Pradesh during the state election campaign. No sooner did the protest spread originating from Sikar to other parts, Raje doused the fire. She announced waiver of Rs 20,000 crore benefitting farmers with debt up to Rs 50,000 but not without constituting a committee to study the loan waiver process applied in other states – Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra and Punjab. It showed her political acumen which has sharpened with time and crisis resolutions.But it seemed that challenges have become her shadow. The mob-police clash in sensitive area of Ramganj in Jaipur that left one person killed in police firing was a big headache for administration and government. That incident could easily have taken communal colours had CM Raje not stepped in to extinguish the fire. She monitored the situation and marshalled her key officials to calm the nerves of affected people and resolve the situation with meaningful dialogue. Her deft handling of communally sensitive issue sent a strong political message to her detractors and opposition.Her government’s recent controversial ordinance that was aimed at shielding babus and penalise media for reporting without government’s nod saw widespread protest. Again skilfully, she tackled the problem by referring it to ‘Select Committee’, thereby putting it on the backburner. By this she not only contained the growing rage against her government but also snatched an issue which could have snowballed into an election agenda for opposition. And before the year ends, Raje will have to again prove her supremacy in the three by-elections which are due in December this year. While Ajmer and Alwar by-polls will keep her flock of MPs intact, the Mandalgarh by-poll will further increase her strength in assembly.

Despite ‘reservation’, Rajasthan’s bill on reservation passed

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Rajasthan Backward Class (Reservation of seats in Educational Institutions and of Appointment of Seats and Posts in services under the State) Bill, 2017 was passed in the Assembly on Thursday. The bill brings under implementation the recommendations of State Backward Classes Commission submitted in July this year and proposes to increase the quota of other backward classes from 21 per cent to 26 per cent and provide 5 per cent of it be kept exclusive for “More Backward Classes”. Among these more backward classes are Gurjars, Banjara, Gadiya Lohar, Rabaris and Gadariya, previously included among the special backward class category. Implementation of the bill has once again raised the total reservation quota in the state to 54 per cent.“Not less than four commissions and committees, each headed by a person who has been a judge of high court, have concurrently concluded that these are extremely backward classes and need immediate and special attention,” said Arun Chaturvedi, minister of Social Justice and Empowerment, defending the bill as it raises the cumulative reservation quota in state above the ceiling of 50 per cent.The explanation, however, has not been convincing for many of the Assembly members, even those of the ruling side. Ruling BJP MLAs Prahlad Gunjal and Ghanshyam Tiwari raised questions. Tiwari said that the government has brought this bill against law and Supreme Court orders. Because of this, reservations for OBCs and other castes may also get stuck in the High Court. After the bill is passed, the government will give reservation to Gurjars, Gadiya Lohar, Banjara, Rebari and Gadaria castes through notification. Is there a need to bring the bill to issue the notification? Reservation of SC, ST and OBC has been given through notification. What is the need to bring this bill to give reservation to the Gurjars? Prahlad Gunjal also pointed out the issue of notification and targeted the state government. Gunjal said that there is no provision for reservation in the bill. Government will issue notification later. After the notification, this reservation will also be stuck in the High Court. The government has stopped the way for amendment in the ninth Schedule of the Constitution by bringing this bill. Tiwari, Gunjal and Ghanshyam Mehar demanded amendment in the Ninth Schedule of the Constitution to give reservation to the Gurjars. After debate on the bill, Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Arun Chaturvedi rejected all the legislators questioning the new reservation bill. Chaturvedi said this bill has been brought on the basis of the principles of social justice. The State Backward Classes Commission has estimated the population of backward classes in Rajasthan around 52 percent, so considering the quantity of population, the percentage of reservations for the backward classes needs to be increased.According to the report of the High Level Committee headed by Justice Garg and the State Backward Class Commission appointed by the state government, the total reservation in special circumstances can be increased by more than 50 percent. These five castes can be given 1 percent within the limit of 50 percent in the case of Indra Sahani and 4 percent reservation beyond that limit. Thus, the total reservation of these castes should be 5 percent and reservation of the overall backward class should be 26 percent. After the three-hour debate, the bill was passed by voice vote.BACK ON GAGThe state government was caught on backfoot on the issue of amending criminal laws to provide immunity to public servants from illegitimate cases. Opposition went on offensive against the amendments holding them as ‘shielding the corrupt’ officials.CASTE CAULDRONThe state government has for the third time attempted to extend segregated reservation at government jobs and educational institutes to Gurjars and other four other castes. The bill that was passed on concluding day of the ninth session proposes to provide these reservation under the other backward class category.AGGRO OVER AGRI LOANThe demand for waiving farmer loan echoed at the House during the session. Opposition MLAs demanding complete waiver of loans for farmers went on a sit-in at the Well on Wednesday afternoon. The sit-in continued all through the night and even after the session got adjourned sine die on Thursday. The issue was discussed at length at the Question Hour on the concluding day.

Govt set to table Gurjar reservation bill, will it get nod from judiciary?

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In the upcoming session of the state assembly, the government is likely to table Gurjar reservation bill.Notably, OBC (Other Backward Class) commission has submitted report prior to preparing draft of the bill. In the report, the commission has submitted population and job data. While the report is completely based on Garg Committee.The government is dividing OBC into two categories, which is why the OBC commission had to prepare report afresh.Old OBC castes have been put together in the first category, while the second category has six castes, including Gurjars, while the total OBC reservation will go up from 21 to 26 per cent.Once, the new bill comes into effect, there will be 91 castes in the OBC. The government is now working on the draft of the new bill.However, the bill will certainly get stuck in the court. Earlier, the high court had rejected the bill for crossing overall reservation limit of 50%. This time again the quota has reached 54%.However, Gurjars believe that if the bill is stuck, then entire OBC reservation will get stuck. Then it will be up to the government to find a solution.Next talks between the government and Gurjars will be held on October 16. Devnarayan scheme will also be discussed then.“OBC commission has submitted report to the state government. Population and job figures have been included to enable the government to prepare new law. The report is confidential and based on recommendation of the Garg committee,” informed Hari Kumar Godara, Member Secretary, OBC commission.“The government should bring a solid bill. It should remove legal complication so that it doesn’t get stuck in the court. We will discuss it with the government on October 16,” says Himmat Singh Gurjar, Gurjar Leader.

DNA ANALYSIS: Raje again demonstrates political acumen in politically sorting out Anandpal case

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Like any other state in India, caste politics is nothing new to Rajasthan and thus there is no respite for chief minister Vasundhara Raje, who has witnessed bloody agitations by the Gurjars and the Jats in the past. She had dealt with both the situations firmly, with wisdom and often with an iron hand.However, the Rajput agitation that began after the death of gangster Anandpal Singh in a police encounter and the violence following it in his village Sanwrad, has strangely united the Rajput community. Gangster Anandpal was a Ravna Rajput and after his death has been made to look like an icon.The Rajputs have been demanding a CBI probe into his encounter and had even planned a massive rally in Jaipur to press for their demand.However, home minister Gulab Chand Kataria had categorically stated that the state government would not order a CBI inquiry against those brave policemen who had risked their lives during the encounter.On this issue, chief minister Vasundhara Raje used wisdom and Kataria stood by moral and emotional issues, while defending the state’s police on the issue of CBI inquiry. It was a difficult decision, but Raje agreed when the BJP’s Rajput MLAs, particularly former minister and late Vice-President Bhairon Singh Shekhawat’s son-in-law Narpat Singh Rajvi, chose to write to the BJP president Amit Shah on the issue.This apart, on the other hand only one of the former royals, Padmini Devi of the erstwhile Jaipur royal family, stood by the community’s demand.In one stroke, Raje made it clear that she does not nurse any ill-will against the Rajputs and her government believes in transparency. Another Rajput minister in Raje government, Rajendra Rathore, played a key role during the entire episode.The state government also deputed a Rajput, DG-level police officer Ajit Singh Shekhawat, when the community assembled at Sanwrad for the condolence meeting, to handle the situation.The police also made a visual presentation to the media where top police officers including additional director general of police, Pankaj Singh, another Rajput officer, made a presentation in which it was proven that Anandpal was given a chance to surrender before he was killed after he opted to resort to firing at the men in khaki.Thus, before allowing for CBI inquiry, the state police had collected enough evidence, frame-by-frame, to prove that it was not a fake encounter.The CBI, in all likelihood, would stand by the state police’s version. The probe would also deal with the violent protests at village Sanwrad and those (most of whom belong to the agitating community) who played a key role in spreading violence.

Jats go Gurjar way, seek quota on tracks

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Gurjars started it. Now, the Jats in Rajasthan have taken a leaf out of their book to read out to the government their right to reservation in government jobs.The Jat community of Bharatpur and Dholpur districts of Rajasthan went on an indefinite protest demanding reservation in the OBC category. Led by Congress leader Vishvendra Singh who also happens to the erstwhile king of Bharatpur, members of the Jat community, on Thursday evening, blocked the Alwar-Mathura rail line at Bahaj village in Deeg area of Bharatpur.They also blocked the Kumher-Bharatpur road near Kankoli area, while warning that all rail tracks, national and state highways passing through Bharatpur district would be blocked by Thursday night.The Jats of Bharatpur and Dholpur have been demanding reservation under the Other Backward Classes (OBC) for sometime now. Jats from remaining districts enjoy the benefits of reservation, but have no share in the quota pie in these two districts. The Rajasthan High Court had put an end to their reservation in 2015 and had ordered a survey to check their socio-economic status compared to other dominant castes in the districts. The Rajasthan Government came up with the OBC Commission in 2016 to carry out the survey, which submitted its report on Thursday.Highly placed sources in the government said that the contents of the report are positive and the Jats should get their dues. The agitating Jats, however, refused to call off their protest or postpone the stir even after the report was in and demanded that it be made public and reservation secured for the community. Till reports last came in some two thousand members of the community took control of the tracks in Bharatpur affecting the schedule of several trains and forcing diversion on others.Bharatpur district collector NK Gupta and police superintendent of police Anil Tak reached the tracks where the community has occupied the railway tracks and requested them to get off the tracks, but the Jats continued with their sit-in. The agitation is being led by Deeg MLA and senior Congress party leader Vishwendra Singh and the Jat Arakshan Sangharsh Samiti. The Samiti had earlier announced they would hold a chakka jam (roadblock) in Bharatpur from Friday June 23. But, in a surprise move they advanced their call by a day.Vishwendra Singh told DNA that the OBC commission may have submitted its report, but that does not serve their purpose. ”Senior and responsible ministers of the Rajasthan government should immediately issue a public statement and make the contents of the report public,” Singh told DNA. The Government should also take action on the report, he said.Singh’s arch rival and the man he defeated in last assembly polls, Digambar Singh, also came out in support of the community in the two districts. “The Jat community in these two districts deserve reservation. Their socio-economic status should be revealed in the report,” he told DNA.

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