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Jats, five other castes granted reservation in Haryana

Tuesday, Mar 29, 2016,15:43 IST By Metrovaartha A A A

Chandigarh | Haryana Assembly today unanimously passed a Bill to provide reservation to Jats and five other communities in government jobs and educational institutions, ahead of the April 3 deadline set by the community which had launched a violent agitation last month.

Congress members did not attend the session today as they were demanding revoking the suspension of their three MLAs. Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar today introduced two Bills for Haryana Backward Classes (Reservation in Services and Admission in Educational Institutions) Bill, 2016 and Haryana Backward Classes Commission Bill, 2016 in the ongoing Budget Session which were passed unanimously by the House.

Haryana Backward Classes (Reservation in Services and Admission in Educational Institutions) Bill, 2016, proposed to give statutory status to Backward Classes Block ‘A’, Backward Classes Block ‘B’ and Backward Classes Block ‘C’ by enacting the Haryana Backward Classes (Reservation in Services and Admission in Educational Institutions) Act, 2016.

Haryana government will request the central government to include this Act in 9th Schedule read with Article 31B of the Constitution. The Bill proposed to give reservation to Jats and five other castes – Jat Sikhs, Rors, Bishnois, Tyagis and Mulla Jat/Muslim Jat by constituting a new classification Block ‘C’ in the Backward Classes category.

The Bill proposed to give 10 per cent reservation to Jats and five other castes in government and government aided educational institutions and Class III and IV government jobs. The Bill also proposed to give 6 per cent reservation to Jats and five other castes in BC ‘C’ category in class I and II jobs.

In case of BC ‘A’ and BC ‘B’ category, the Bill provides for raising the reservation from 10 to 11 and 5 to 6 per cent respectively for Class I and II jobs. For Economically Backward Persons (EBP), the reservation percentage was proposed to be hiked from 5 to 7 per cent for Class I and II jobs.

The Bill states that notwithstanding anything contained in this Act, the state government may provide horizontal reservation for such category or categories of persons within Backward Classes as it may deem necessary from time to time. Jat leaders have been demanding reservation in the existing Backward Classes (BC) category.

The BC quota is bifurcated into two BC ‘A’ and BC ‘B’ having 16 and 11 per cent, respectively. Under BC ‘A’ and BC ‘B’ categories, 71 and 6 castes are currently availing reservation benefits, respectively. Opposition Congress had favoured the quota for Jats.

The party which has 15 MLAs, boycotted the assembly session today as it was demanding revocation of its suspension of its three legislators who were suspended for six months after they tore the copies of Governor’s Address.