Jats to end agitation: Quota bill in next assembly session

RSTV Bureau
Haryana: Police lathicharge Jat community members  during their agitation for reservation in Rohtak Photo-PTI

Haryana: Police lathicharge Jat community members during their agitation for reservation in Rohtak
Photo-PTI

A bill proposing Other Backward Category( OBC) status to jat community members in Haryana will be introduced in the next assembly session. Jat leaders have agreed to call of the agitation after consulting their community members. The decision was taken after Jat community members and Haryana BJP leaders met Home Minister Rajnath Singh at his residence on February 21.

“Bill to be brought in Haryana Assembly for grant of OBC status to Jats” said BJP leader Anil Jain.

It is also decided that a committee headed by a senior Union minister will be set up to look into demands of Jats.

“Committee headed by senior Union minister will be announced soon. It will look into Jat Reservation issue in Centre,” said Union Minister Sanjeev Baliyan.

Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar appealed the protesting jats to “return to their homes as the Government has accepted their demands”.

Ever since Jats hit the roads seeking reservation, incidents of violence and arson have been crippling the normal life Rohtak, Jind, Bhiwani, Jhajjar, Sonipat, Hisar districts.

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh has called Jat and Khap panchayat leaders for talks at his residence on Sunday after Jat protests expanded to Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan.

“I appeal everyone to maintain peace so that no unfortunate incident takes place. I think some solution will be found, ” said the Union Home Minister in Delhi.

At least 10 people have lost their lives in the agitation injuring hundreds of others. Haryana DGP YP Singhal addressed the media in Chandigarh and said situation has comparatively improved. He said that Haryana government has registered cases against 191 agitators.

Jat community members at the railway tracks during the second of their agitation for reservation in Hisar Photo-PTI

Jat community members at the railway tracks during the second of their agitation for reservation in Hisar
Photo-PTI

As violence and loot spread to several parts of the state, the Haryana government has sought additional companies of Central Reserve Police Force and more Army columns to control the situation.

15 companies of India Reserve Battalion, three companies of paramilitary forces and two columns of Army have already been deployed.

“10 companies of paramilitary forces have reached and 23 more companies are on their way,” said YP Singhal, Haryana DGP

Curfew continues in Rohtak, Bhiwani , Jhajjar, Jind, Hisar, Hansi, Sonipat , Gohana towns of Sonipat districts. Jat stir hit the road and rail traffic resulting in cancellation of 700 trains of north central railway delaying 1000 trains.

Protestors have set seven stations in Jhajjar, Buddha Khera, Julana and Pillu Kheda on fire. Carmaker Maruti Suzuki India has suspended operations Gurgaon and Manesar plants after its component supplies have been hit.