Apart from not yielding anything positive for the protesting community,the recent three-week long Jat agitation in various parts of Haryana has caused losses worth crores of rupees to the state government. From the disruption of rail services,a complete blockade of the Delhi-Hisar National Highway10 (a very busy route for trucks entering Punjab from Mumbai); the burning of a police post; the vandalising of a State Bank of India branch and an ATM unit,to the cutting of over a 100 eucalyptus trees,the loss for the state government runs to over Rs 25 crore.
A preliminary estimate prepared by the Haryana government indicates that the loss could be around Rs 25 crore,but it is likely to be almost the same as that incurred by the state during the Mirchpur arson. The government had then suffered a loss of around Rs 32 crore,during the Mirchpur agitations,which had carried on for around 12 days. The recent protests,however,lasted for around 20 days.
While talking to The Sunday Express,Amit Aggarwal,Deputy Commissioner,Hisar,said: The loss is undoubtedly huge. There are various factors,on which the loss is calculated. A direct loss can be computed,be it diversion or cancellation of trains,shut-down of factories,due to non-availability of raw material,because the trucks could not reach their destinations. But more than that there are numerous indirect losses as well; which can not be computed.
The DC further said many industrialists have left Hisar because,according to him,people are losing trust due to the continuous disruptions and agitations. Not only this,but the expense on the paramilitary forces; putting the Army on alert is also huge. Moving 24 companies of paramilitary forces; besides movement of reserve police battalions is also very expensive. Besides that the food,accommodation,extra allowances,and charges to be paid to their respective units for extra duty – all have to be borne by the state government,Aggarwal added.
On the other hand,the Jat protesters have not only failed to achieve their basic objectives but have also ended up being part of legal hassles.
Despite calling off their agitation,the Jats have neither got the reservation they had demanded,nor have received any firm assurance that they will get it by September. Jat leaders and protesters have also had fresh criminal cases registered against them for breach of law and order and causing road and rail disruptions.