Gujarat CM Anandiben Patels’ demand for OBC status: Govt forms 7-member panel

The committee is expected to submit a report to the state government after hearing the representatives of different social organisations.

By: Express News Service | Ahmedabad | Updated: August 14, 2015 12:53:45 am

 

Patidars take out a rally in Savli town, around 30 kilometres from Vadodara, on Thursday. Around 5,000 people participated in the protest that ended with members submitting memorandum to deputy collector. Express Patidars take out a rally in Savli town, around 30 kilometres from Vadodara, on Thursday. Around 5,000 people participated in the protest that ended with members submitting memorandum to deputy collector. Express

Facing a statewide agitation by youths of Patidar community seeking OBC status, Gujarat Chief Minister Anandiben Patel on Thursday appointed a high-level committee of seven ministers to look into the reservation demands of various communities.

Headed by Health Minister and government spokesperson, Nitin Patel, the committee is expected to submit a report to the state government after hearing the representatives of different social organisations.

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Gujarat government issued a press release in this regard while announcing formation of the committee. Apart from Nitin Patel, the other ministers in the committee include Cabinet ministers Ramanlal Vora, Bhupendrasinh Chudasama, Babu Bokhiria and state ministers Vasuben Trivedi, Nanubhai Vanani, and Rajni Patel.

Since the beginning of July, youths of Patidar or Patel community have, with the support of one Patel organisation called Sardar Patel Sevadal, started an agitation demanding OBC status for them to get reservation in the government jobs and higher education.

The agitation has now spread across the state and the community is reportedly planning to hold a massive gathering in Ahmedabad city on August 25.

Following the Patidar agitation, a number of other communities have also started raising voice for getting OBC reservation.

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