Cabinet rejects Rahul Gandhi’s ordinance agenda, clears Jat reservation

The Cabinet also cleared an ordinance to amend the Prevention of atrocities against SC/ST act.

New Delhi | Updated: March 2, 2014 10:20 pm


In what can be termed as a major setback to Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi, the Union Cabinet on Sunday rejected the ordinance route for anti-graft bills pushed by the Gandhi scion, while clearing an ordinance to amend the Prevention of atrocities against SC/ST act.

The Cabinet has meanwhile cleared Central reservation for the Jat community. With this the community now gets reservation in government jobs and educational institutions.

Approving changes to the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Bill, the Cabinet directed the Planning Commission to grant special category status for five years to the successor state of Andhra Pradesh comprising 13 districts.

While discussing the issue of these ordinances, the Union Cabinet felt that “full deliberations” are required in Parliament keeping with the “highest traditions of democratic principles”, Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari told reporters.

This was the second time in three days that the Cabinet decided against using the ordinance route on certain measures, which were being pushed by Rahul Gandhi as part of a “framework” to fight corruption.

The decision is believed to have been influenced by the apprehension that President Pranab Mukherjee would not give assent to these ordinances. Senior ministers like Law Minister Kapil Sibal and Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde met the President at least twice since Saturday, apparently to gauge his mood but evidently did not get any positive signal.

Sources said the Congress Core Group, headed by Sonia Gandhi, had yesterday given its assent to using the ordinance route to measures like Prevention of Corruption Act, Citizens’ Right to Time-bound Delivery of Services and Citizens Charter Bill, SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Amendment Bill and Rights of Persons with Disability Bill.

(With PTI inputs)

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  1. V
    Mar 2, 2014 at 5:29 pm
    I can speak for at least Jats in Haryana. Its purely muscle power and khap's politics to gain further grounds within community. Jats are among most prosperous community here. They are landlords ...have ruled Haryana for maximum period. They have very healthy ratio in state/central gov. jobs.
  2. V
    Mar 2, 2014 at 5:23 pm
    Jar reservation!! ..pure vote bank muscle power khap appeasment
  3. B
    Mar 3, 2014 at 6:11 am
    Jats have important place in North Indian society, but they are not as equal as forward cles, so they need reservation quota in society to balance themselves in front of Forwards. Its very good decision taken by UPA, it will really help building new India
  4. B
    Mar 3, 2014 at 9:55 am
    Rahul hi has a long term vision so that he put his effort in bringing Jats reservations, he wants to bring equality in the society so that he always give emphasis on giving reservation quota to weaker sections of society.
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    Vijay sinha
    Mar 3, 2014 at 6:37 am
    Any Community/ Caste has been ungraded from BC, SC and ST category, so fare! It is to be recalled the Statement of Mr. Dwivdi, in this context. It will be good to give 50% (100%) reservation according to the percentage of each and every Community/ Caste in total potion, by leaving 50% is open for all
  6. V
    Vijay sinha
    Mar 3, 2014 at 7:11 am
    The original objective of reservation seems to have been completely lost. Just wondering in what state Ambedkar's soul might be seeing all this. Compeive populism is getting more compeive by the day.
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