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Jats Demand Reservation In Jobs, Inclusion In Backward List

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THE ISSUE of Jat reservation in jobs in Haryana and central services is hitting the media headlines again. The agitation by Jats in support of their demand has resulted in the killing of an agitator, which has subsequently resulted in registration of a murder case against an upright and honest police officer Subash Yadav.

Yadav was discharging his duties on the directions of the apex court of the country to ensure smooth flow of traffic on highway in the same district, which he was heading during the agitation Government and private property worth crores has been destroyed or burnt by the agitators even annoying the courts, who have asked the Haryana government to take action against the offenders.

In a related move, the Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda has written to the union government for inclusion of Jats in backward category.

Independent observers feel that Hooda has jumped the gun on the sensitive issue to pacify the agitators, adding that the issue should be debated in a special session of the state Assembly to know the viewpoint of all the stakeholders as several leaders including former MP Chiranji Lal Sharma, father of Kuldeep Sharma, former speaker of Haryana Assembly have appeared before Gurnaam Singh Commission appointed by Om Prakash Chautala led Haryana government that reservation should be given to poor from all communities.

Continuation of jat chief ministers for a long time in Haryana and increase in land prices have improved the economic conditions of jats considerably. Chief Minister Hooda is a jat and Leader of Opposition Om Parkash Chautala is also a jat.

Besides, the BJP also has several jats on important positions namely Abhimanu, all India secretary, Om Parkash Dhankar, president of Kisan wing of the party and former MP Kishan Singh Sangwan.

The then Chautala led Haryana government had constituted the commisisn headed by Justice Gurnam Singh to identify backward classes in 1990, which recommended that jats should be given reservation benefit in Haryana and the government should write to centre also to include them in the list of Mandal commission, so that they may get the benefit of reservation in the central government jobs also.

Perusal of views of leaders of different castes before the Justice Gurnam Singh Commission makes interesting reading. Chiranji Lal Sharma opined that there was no need of appointment of a backward classes commission in Haryana because the state already has a list of these classes for which ten percent posts are reserved and even if the reservation is done these may be done on economic basis for all castes and communities, who are poor.

Rao Ram Narain, then MLA and a former HCS. officer had stated that Gaur Brahmins, Rajputs and Jats are socially forward castes amongst the agricultural communities and have a good share of govt jabs and fertile land.

He had further opined that if Gaur Brahmins, Rajputs and Jats are declared backward, Jats will grab the entire share of backward classes.

Ram Bilas Sharma, then working president of state BJP had opined that all the citizens living below poverty line may be included in the list of backward classes and granted reservation in jobs irrespective of their caste and creed, especially the urban poor, who have no means of livelihood.

Diplomat and former union minister K. Natwar Singh had stated that while the world moves forward at a fantastic pace here in India we are witnessing a great leap backwards and wondered that why we have not been able to get out of the syndrome of backwardness even after 43 years of independence further adding that he has strong views on the subject, which he does not want to make public.

Then Jind MLA Parmananad had stated that jats are politically on forefront and they do not deserve any reservation in services. BJP M.L.A Sita Ram Singla has also demanded that reservation should be given on economic basis.

Former Congress M.L.A., Ram Kumar Gautam, who at that time was heading Sarvjan Kalyan Morcha had boycotted the commission after reading a protest application.

Om Parkash Chautala, while demanding reservation for wards of agricultural communities had further suggested that five percent jobs may be reserved for all economically backward people of all castes, adding that the children of the gazetted officers, those educated in public schools and English schools which impart high quality education and children of income tax payees should be excluded from the reservation benefits.

Chautala had also suggested that reservation on economic basis, should be provided to only those children who have studied in ordinary govt schools or equivalent ordinary private schools from class 1 to class X.

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Jats these days are blocking railway tracks in order to get reservation .Now the problem is if the benefit is extended to Jat Hindu's of reservation in central jobs then how many jat sikhs will declare themself Hindu or jat sikh will start new agitation to include jat sikhs in reservation list

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