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Rajasthan assembly passes quota bill, Gujjars yet to call off stir

Press Trust of India  |  Jaipur 

The Assembly Wednesday passed a bill giving a five per cent quota in government jobs and educational institutes to the Gujjars and four other communities agitating for it.

The Gujjar protests led by continued in the state for the sixth day even after the bill was passed.

Gujjar protesters have blocked the Delhi-railway track in district and several highways since Friday. Traffic is also held up on several roads in the state.

Bainsla said the community will wait for more clarity on the bill before calling off the stir.

The Backward Classes (Reservation of Seats in Educational Institutions in the State and of Appointments and Posts in Services under the State) (Amendment) Bill, 2019 was introduced by the new government earlier in the day.

The bill sought to increase the backward classes' reservation from the present 21 per cent to 26 per cent with a five per cent quota for Gujjars, Banjaras, Gadia Lohars, Raikas and Gadaria communities.

The statement on the objective and reasons for the bill said the five castes are the most backward and required separate reservation in government jobs and educational institutes.

We will remain on dharna till there is clarity that the bill passed in the assembly is legally sound, Bainsla said.

It is a sacred document for us and we will take the next decision only after taking the opinion of intellectuals of the community working in different fields, he added.

A said two trains were cancelled Wednesday due to the dharna.

While introducing the bill, Energy Minister said the Centre has provided only 27 per cent reservation for the backward classes while their proportion in the population is 52 per cent.

Since the population of backward classes in Rajasthan is estimated by the to be about 52 per cent, the percentage of reservation for them needed to be increased, he said.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Wed, February 13 2019. 21:05 IST