Jat quota row: 72-hour ultimatum ends today, govt to deploy paramilitary forces in 8 districts

While the Jat quota Bill is likely to be tabled in the Haryana Vidhan Sabha on Thursday, in view of the deadline set by agitating Jat organisations, there is, however, no official confirmation on it as yet.

By: Express News Service | Chandigarh | Published:March 17, 2016 8:03 am
Hisar: People of Jat community block a road in Hisar during their agitation for reservation on Saturday. PTI Photo (PTI2_20_2016_000184B) Hisar: People of Jat community block a road in Hisar during their agitation for reservation on Saturday. (Source: PTI)

With the 72-hour ultimatum, given by various Jat organisations, set to end on Thursday, 16 companies of paramilitary forces will be deployed in the eight districts worst affected by last month’s agitation. The forces are being provided by the Centre on the request of the state government.

While the Jat quota Bill is likely to be tabled in the Haryana Vidhan Sabha on Thursday, in view of the deadline set by agitating Jat organisations, there is, however, no official confirmation on it as yet.

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The Haryana government on Wednesday also said deputy commissioners will take a call on whether to order the closure of schools and colleges after assessing the law and order situation in their respective districts. “We have left it to the deputy commissioners to take a call on closure of educational institutes after assessing the situation in their respective districts,” said Haryana additional chief secretary (home) P K Das, who chaired a meeting of senior police officials on Wednesday evening.

The Jats have threatened to resume their agitation if the ruling BJP government does not grant them reservation by March 17.

They are also demanding immediate grant of 10 per cent reservation quota in government jobs and educational institutions, withdrawal of criminal cases registered against them during last month’s agitation and action against BJP MP Raj Kumar Saini for his alleged anti-Jat remarks. In memorandums submitted to deputy commissioners on March 14, they had given the state government a 72-hour ultimatum to fulfill the demands.

They have now asked members of their community to assemble at Jat dharamshalas across the state on Thursday to decide the future course of action.

Colleges shut in Rohtak

Colleges in Rohtak district though will remain closed from Thursday. According to the Rohtak Deputy Commissioner, Atul Kumar, several college principals and registrars had met him and sought permission to close the institutes. The colleges were otherwise slated to be shut for vacations between March 20 and 27. Atul Kumar, however, said the closure of colleges had nothing to do with the law and order situation. Schools in Rohtak
will, however, remain open and board exams shall also go on as usual.

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