Jaipur: The Rajasthan Assembly on Wednesday passed a bill to give a five per cent quota in jobs and educational institutes to Gujjars and four other communities agitating for it. Also Read - After Rajasthan, Locusts Enter Maharashtra, Delhi - Why is This a Worrying Situation?
Earlier today, the Congress government in the state had introduced the Rajasthan Backward Classes (Reservation of Seats in Educational Institutes in the State and of Appointments and Posts in Services under the State) Amendment Bill, 2019, for giving reservation to Gujjars and the other castes. Also Read - Rajasthan Villagers Dig Water Reservoir on Hill to Ensure Thirsty Wild Animals Don't Stray Into Village
The bill has been passed to pacify members of the Gujjar community who have been holding demonstrations since Friday across the state for quota. Also Read - Stay Indoors From 1 PM to 5 PM: IMD Issues 'Red Alert' For Several Other Parts of North India
They blocked the Delhi-Mumbai railway track and several highways and roads.
The bill seeks to increase the backward classes’ reservation from the present 21 per cent to 26 per cent with five per cent reservation to Gujjars, Banjaras, Gadia Lohars, Raikas and Gadaria.
The statement on the objective and reasons of the bill stated that the five castes are most backward and require five per cent separate reservation. It also mentions that the central government recently passed the constitution amendment bill and the limit of 50 per cent reservation was increased.
Gujjar leaders said they want a concrete proposal on the matter.
Gujjar leader Kirori Singh Bainsla and his supporters blocked the railway track in Sawai Madhopur district on Friday.