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Gujjar community called a ‘mahapanchayat’ in Sawai Madhopur on Sunday and said that if they were not given 5 percent reservation in government jobs and academic institutions in next 11 days, they would be constrained to adopt the course of agitation.
Thousands of members from the Gujjar community participated in the mahapanchayat, which was led by veteran Gujjar leader Colonel (retired) Kirori Singh Bainsla.
The man behind the ‘mahapanchayat’, Bainsla said, “Either the government gives us 5 percent reservation in another 11 days or there will be agitation.”
The Vasundhara Raje-led BJP government issued a notification providing 1% reservation to Gujjar and four other backward communities in December 2017.
The Backward Classes (Reservation of Seats in Educational Institutions in the State and of Appointments and Posts in Services under the State) Bill provided reservation to Gujjars, Banjara, Baldiya, Labana, Gadiya Lohar, Gadoliya, Raika, Rebari, Debasi and Gadariya, Gadri, Gayari, which were earlier grouped as the special backward classes(SBC).
The government had tabled the Bill during the State Assembly’s last year’s Monsoon Session to provide reservation in educational institutions and state jobs for the category of more backward classes within the backward classes.
The Gujjar community has many factions and one such faction had demanded reservation under ST category in 2018 and accused the Bainsla-led Gujjar Aarakshan Sangarsh Samiti and the state government of cheating the community.