Gujjars And 4 Other Castes Get 5% Quota Reservation By Rajasthan Govt, Says Over To Centre

| February 14 , 2019 , 15:29 IST

The Rajasthan Assembly passed a bill granting 5 percent reservation to Gujjars and four other communities in jobs and educational institutions on Wednesday.

The decision came as the protest by Gujjars for reservation entered its sixth day, with protestors blocking railway tracks as well as roads. The bill was presented in the Rajasthan assembly by Energy Minister B.D. Kalla to pacify members of the Gujjar community.

Gujjar leaders were yet to call off their protest, saying they are awaiting a concrete proposal from the government, indicating that they wanted the bill to be passed first.

Rajasthan already touched the 50 percent ceiling on reservation placed by the Supreme Court. 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, however, exceeded the maximum of 50% limit to quota by 4%, thus risking legal invalidation. The Rajasthan High Court has shot down similar proposals twice in the past.

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Notably, the Congress government has relied on the reports of the State Backward Classes Commission and the high-power committee headed by Justice Sunil Kumar Garg which recommended a quota of 5% to five castes including the Gujjar community.

Same reports were used by the previous Raje government during the 2017 Bill with similar reservation provisions, but that couldn’t help them pull off the 50% limit.