‘Provide reservation based on economic condition’

Haryana Power Minister Captain Ajay Singh Yadav on Sunday demanded reservation on the lines of economic status and claimed that the recent Jat agitation should have been dealt with a stern hand,as nobody can be allowed to take the state for ransom as was the case in Hisar.

Written by MUKESH BHARDWAJ | Chandigarh | Published: April 2, 2012 3:10 am

Haryana Power Minister Captain Ajay Singh Yadav on Sunday demanded reservation on the lines of economic status and claimed that the recent Jat agitation should have been dealt with a stern hand,as nobody can be allowed to take the state for ransom as was the case in Hisar.

“It is time that the government reviews and consequently revises its policy regarding reservation. The ideal way to ensure justice and to deal with the present situation is to link future reservations for upper castes as well as OBCs to one’s economic status. Let a Brahmin or a Bania enjoys reservation based on his economic status,” said Yadav.

The demand got support from an unexpected quarter on Sunday as Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda’s close confidant and Chief Parliamentary Secretary Dharambir told a gathering at Bhiwani: “It is not that only lower castes are facing difficulties in earning their livelihood. Several upper castes are also living under dire economic conditions and deserve the benefits of reservation.” A statement issued on Dharambir’s behalf added that under the present social circumstances,benefits of reservation should be given on the basis of the economic condition of the person rather than on caste.

Meanwhile,former Haryana Congress spokesman Ved Prakash on Sunday slammed those demanding the inclusion of Jats in the backward classes.

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