NDA supports UPA’s decision on Jat reservation

NDA government contends that UPA govt had acted in public interest by including Jats in OBC list.

By: Press Trust of India | New Delhi | Updated: August 11, 2014 7:06 pm
Jats Jats protesting for reservation in government jobs under OBC category. (Source: IE archive)

The Narendra Modi government on Monday supported UPA regime’s decision to include the Jat community in the Central OBC list for providing reservation and refuted the allegation in the Supreme Court that it was done to gain political mileage in the general elections.

In an affidavit filed in the apex court, the NDA government contended that Centre had acted bonafide and in public interest after considering the ground realities.

“As regards averments that the central government with a motive to gain benefit for the ruling parties in the forthcoming general election issued the said notification, this fact is denied as unfounded. It is respectfully submitted that the central government has acted bonafide and in public interest,” the 28-page affidavit said.

The Centre contended that the Cabinet took into account the findings of an expert committee constituted by Indian Council for Social Science and Research (ICSSR) before taking the decision.

It said that government rejected the view of National Commission for Backward Classes and took the decision on the basis of findings of the expert committee. Centre also said that nine states have already included Jats in their lists of OBCs.

“Cabinet was of the view that the Commission has not adequately taken into account the ground realities and therefore decided not to accept the advice tendered by the Commission and decided to include Jat community in the Central List of OBCs for the nine states namely Bihar, Gujarat, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan(Bharatpur and Dhaulpur), Uttrakhand, UP and Delhi,” it said.

The apex court had on April 9 rejected a plea to stay Centre’s poll-eve notification to include the Jat community.

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    Brij Lal
    Aug 11, 2014 at 10:32 pm
    Reservation is no cure to uplift any community, rather take that community back to laziness,and take away rights of deserving candidates. Such political decisions may help political parties to earn votes of such communities which benefit from reservations, but does not lead to national integration and healthy development of country. Please consider.
  2. R
    Reservation laws
    Aug 11, 2014 at 2:38 pm
    They can only increase. And 100% is not their upper limit. They have no criteria. All support data is complete falsehood.
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    Niladrinath Mohanty
    Aug 11, 2014 at 10:42 pm
    So there was nothing wrong with the UPA. Now it appears all was about power.
  4. P
    Aug 11, 2014 at 8:42 pm
  5. P
    Aug 11, 2014 at 2:00 pm
    90% of BJP's policies are same as that of Congress!
  6. S
    Aug 11, 2014 at 2:43 pm
    Sab mein U-Turn. Kya baat! This sarkar will break all records. BJP claims to be party with a difference, where is the DIFFERENCE? Only difference is we are seeing more communal riots, but that difference no one wants.
  7. V
    Aug 11, 2014 at 2:56 pm
    so it is becoming clearer by day that there is no difference between UPA and NDA, it is just that role has reversed. Modi fooled us all Indians a big way. He is as silent as Manmohan Singh and has not interacted with his people on TV or thru press meets. Starting from Budget this Modi Srakar has no new ideas and it has been disappointment day after day. I was a huge Modi fan during elections. He fooled me and I think all of India. God save India from both UPA and NDA please.
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