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Jaipur: Gujjar community back under OBC category

ANI  |  Jaipur (Rajasthan) [India] 

With the Gujjar community set to be included under the OBC category, Social Justice & Empowerment, Minority Affairs Minister Arun Chaturvedi on Saturday assured that the main motive of the is to protect the jobs of the five castes in the state.

"Till Special Backward Class (SBC) law is not passed the five castes will be benefited under the Other Backward Caste (OBC) category," Chaturvedi told ANI.

He said that the has already filed the SBC bill and that they are trying to pass the bill as soon as possible.

The on Saturday assured that Gujjars and four other castes will be included back in the fold of OBC category and gain the benefits of reservation.

The High Court had earlier struck down the Special Backward Class Reservation Act, 2015 under which these castes were given reservation.

The Social Justice and Empowerment Department today in a notice declared that five castes -- Banjara/Baldia/Labana, Gadia-Lohar/Gadalia, Gujjar/Gurjar, Raika/Rebari and Gadaria (Gaadri) - have again been re-included in the OCB list. These communities were initially included in the OBC list in 1994.

A SBC law granted five percent quota in jobs and educational institutions under the SBC category to four communities. Later this reservation ran into legal issues and the High Court put a stay on the reservation in 2009 stating that it was exceeded the legal ceiling of 50 per cent.

The in September 2015 passed another Special Backward Classes Bill to give 5 percent providing reservation to the five castes.

After which the overall reservation in the state reached 54 percent. The High Court had to again scrap the Act last year, saying there were no extraordinary circumstances to allow the state's overall reservation in jobs and education institutes to go beyond the 50 per cent cap set by the Supreme Court.

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First Published: Sat, May 20 2017. 12:28 IST