Jat agitation: Centre announces panel on Jat demand for quota, Haryana to bring Bill for OBC status

Rajnath Singh meets delegation of Jats, reviews situation with top officers. Anil Jain, BJP general secretary in-charge of Haryana, said the party’s government in the state will bring a Bill granting OBC status to Jats in the coming assembly session.

Written by Varinder Bhatia , Deeptiman Tiwary | Chandigarh/ New Delhi | Updated: February 22, 2016 1:25 pm
RAF personnel board an IAF helicopter at Bahadurgarh to reach violence-hit towns of Haryana Sunday. (Express Photo Ravi Kanojia) RAF personnel board an IAF helicopter at Bahadurgarh to reach violence-hit towns of Haryana Sunday. (Express Photo Ravi Kanojia)

Moving to end the quota agitation across Haryana where violence has so far claimed 11 lives and left over 150 injured, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh announced Sunday that a committee led by Union Minister

M Venkaiah Naidu will examine the demand by Jats for reservation in central government jobs.

Anil Jain, BJP general secretary in-charge of Haryana, said the party’s government in the state will bring a Bill granting OBC status to Jats in the coming assembly session.

Appealing for an end to the agitation after a delegation of Jats met Rajnath Singh, Jain said: “The Haryana government will give reservation to Jats. It will be done in the forthcoming Vidhan Sabha session of Haryana. The Union government will also constitute a high-powered committee comprising Union Ministers.”

Visuals Of The Jat Agitation

Late evening reports said road blocks were being lifted on some stretches including Saharanpur-Ambala at Yamunanagar, Paonta Sahib-Yamunanagar, Ambala-Kaithal, Saharanpur-Pipli-Kurukshetra, Zirakpur-Parwanoo and Ladwa-Shahbad.

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Rajnath Singh told reporters: “We have formed a committee which will be headed by our senior Cabinet minister Venkaiah Naidu. The committee has been asked to file a comprehensive report to find a solution to the issue as soon as possible. I appeal to the people of Haryana to help maintain calm and peace.”

To review the situation in the state, Singh met Union Ministers Sushma Swaraj and Manohar Parrikar. He held a meeting with top officers including the Army chief and NSA Ajit Doval. Also present at the meeting were Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister Nripendra Mishra, Union Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi, Director of Intelligence Bureau Dineshwar Sharma, Vice Chief of Indian Air Force Air Marshal B S Dhanoa and Delhi Police Commissioner B S Bassi.

Watch Video: Army flag marches after Jat agitators turned violent

In the Home Minister’s meeting with Jat leaders, representatives of the community from Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Delhi besides Minister of State for Agriculture Sanjeev Kumar Balyan, Haryana Minister Abhimanyu, BJP MP Satyapal Singh were present.

After the meeting, Jaipal Singh Sangwan, leader of the Akhil Bharatiya Jat Sangharsh Samiti (ABJSS) which is affiliated to the Yashpal Malik-led All India Jat Aarakshan Sangharsh Samiti (AIJASS), issued an appeal, saying the government had agreed to accept their demands and peace should be maintained.

On Sunday, Haryana witnessed fresh incidents of arson and violence. Protesters torched two railway stations in Gurgaon and a bank branch in Bhiwani. A number of buses were set on fire in Tosham. Rohtak, Bhiwani, Jhajjar and Sonipat remained under curfew.

The agitation also hit Delhi where the AAP government announced closure of schools Monday as part of water rationing after supply from Haryana was disrupted.

An attempt to restore water supply to Delhi from Munak canal in Akbarpur-Barota, Sonipat, failed after protesters outnumbered securitymen sent to the spot with irrigation department officials. In the clash that followed, at least one person died in firing.

Additional Chief Secretary (Home) P K Das said: “Efforts were made to disperse the protesters at Akbarpur-Barota so as to release water for Delhi. But it was in vain. As they were in huge numbers, not much force was used. The attempt to release water was temporarily postponed. According to reports, one person was killed in firing. We appeal to the protesters to let the administration release water for Delhi. It is not fair on their part to resort to such tactics.”

Earlier in the day, Haryana DGP Yash Pal Singal said the death toll had reached 10. Over 150 people, including police personnel, were injured.

National Highway 1 remained blocked for the second day and blockades were set up at several points on the Delhi-Chandigarh stretch. Railway tracks in Panipat and Sonipat were damaged and uprooted at several places between New Delhi and Ambala.

Rohtak, which had been the epicentre of the agitation, witnessed an uneasy calm. IGP (Rohtak range) Shrikant Jadhav was transferred to Madhuban as IG (State Crime Records Bureau).

Sources said Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar may visit Rohtak Monday. Former chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda and his son and MP Deepender Hooda are also likely to travel to Rohtak.

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  1. A
    Feb 22, 2016 at 11:34 am
    1. M
      Feb 22, 2016 at 4:58 am
      Incompetent to the core..Sorry for the ordinary folks who had to suffer at the hands of these gunda's and also at the hand of inept governance..
      1. M
        Feb 22, 2016 at 8:44 am
        Give the same quota to Patel from Gujrat and also to Brahmin if they officially accept they are OBC.
        1. M
          Feb 22, 2016 at 9:03 am
          If Jats alone can’t achieve their goal, they can join Patels and other likeminded ones and give birth to a VOTE BANK of “OBC by choice” until the vote bank also breathes its last! Way forward by going backward.
          1. M
            Feb 22, 2016 at 8:46 am
            If all the Jadavs can occupy all political post everywhere why not others? Next time there should be some group who can claim they are his and thus high post should be rotated.
            1. M
              Feb 22, 2016 at 8:33 am
              If some one wants to be identified as schedule caste how one can stop it? It is the democratic right and freedom of speech anyway. Best thing for BJP is to make it open for everyone to allocate it to who ever wants to join the rank. If you can't beat them join them! Let Govt. and opposition join the race to outdo each other until the caste issue die out and they surrender saying, "we want no more quota"!
              1. R
                Ramesh Bainda
                Feb 22, 2016 at 9:16 am
                I personally being Jaat Community feel ashamed for having the clane of such a bravery Clane. since which is going on is a matter of concern to brotherhood .
                1. K
                  Feb 22, 2016 at 11:20 pm
                  Hard work, clean habits, ability to study and understand the subject, honesty, integrity are all needed to get good jobs in any country, if the Jats feel that they are unable to study, cannot work hard, can only live off corruption, then they need government jobs,.
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