Rajasthan Cabinet clears Bills for Gujjar, EWS reservation

After a massive agitation launched by the community in May this year, the government had promised to bring a legislation to provide them quota benefits.

Written by Mahim Pratap Singh | Jaipur | Published: September 9, 2015 9:56 am

The Rajasthan government Tuesday gave the green signal to draft legislations providing reservation in government jobs to members of the Gujjar community and economically weaker sections of forward castes.

Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje, chairing a meeting of the state Cabinet, approved the introduction of the Rajasthan Special Backward Classes (Reservation of Seats in Educational Institutes in the State and of Appointments and Posts in Services under the State) Bill, 2015, in the forthcoming session of the Assembly. The Bill pertains to providing 5 per cent special reservation to the Gujjar community.

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After a massive agitation launched by the community in May this year, the government had promised to bring a legislation to provide them quota benefits.

The draft legislation does not include the provision for a “creamy layer”, which, senior minister Rajendra Rathore said, would be decided on following discussions in the Assembly.

“The Cabinet approval is welcome, but we will not be satisfied if the final Act contains any provision of a creamy layer. That is the crucial point of contention, on which consensus has not been arrived at,” community leader Himmat Singh Gurjar told The Indian Express.

The Cabinet also cleared the Rajasthan Economically Backward Classes (Reservation of Seats in Educational Institutes in the State and of Appointments and Posts in Services under the State) Bill, 2015, which seeks to provide 14 per cent reservation to economically weaker sections of forward castes.

The government also decided to introduce the Rajasthan Deshiya Chikitsa (Sanshodhan) Vidheyak, 2015 (indigenous medicine amendment) in order to give recognition to practitioners of yoga and naturopathy.

The bill will amend sections of the state indigenous medicinal systems Act of 1953. Once passed, the amended Act will grant wider recognition to “eligible practitioners of Yoga and Naturopathy” while providing them “legal protection”.

Further, in order to discourage the filing of frivolous litigation, the government decided to introduce the Rajasthan Vexatious Litigation (Prevention) Bill, 2015, in the next Assembly session.

“Some people file petitions in courts with vested interests or for political reasons, which show governance in poor light and cause misuse of the judicial process. In order to discourage such illogical and vested interest litigations, the Cabinet has approved the draft of this Act,” Rathore said.

The minister claimed Rajasthan would be the fifth state in the country to have such an Act after Maharashtra, Goa, Tamil Nadu and Madhya Pradesh.

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