The Gujjar community is once again headed for a tussle with the Rajasthan government. During the recently-concluded Gujjar Mahapanchayat, the community leaders have decided to go on an agitation from November 1 to press for their demand of 5 per cent reservation.
The Rajasthan government had taken a few steps to calm down the Gujjars. But, at the same time, it is taking all possible measures to avoid any untoward incident in case if the agitation intensifies.
Internet facilities in six tehsils have been stopped in Jamwa Ramgarh, Pavta, Shahpura, Viratnagar and Kotputli tehsil areas of Jaipur district. The services will remain unavailable till 6 pm on Saturday.
Karauli district collector Siddharth Sihag on Thursday tried to convene a meeting with the agitators. He invited members of the Gujjar Arakshan Sangharsh Committee, including Kirori Singh Bainsla and Vijay Bainsla.
The collector apprised the agitators of the offers made by the Rajasthan government. But the committee declined this invitation. However, in the meeting of the Cabinet committee on Gujjar reservation, the government has taken a positive decision on three major demands.
Members of the Gujjar Reservation Sangharsh Samiti, under the leadership of Gujjar leader Bhura Bhagat, visited a dozen Gujjar-dominated villages in the tehsil area to urge the community members to reach the Pilupura-Karbari memorial site in Bharatpur district on November 1.
Addressing the meetings, Bhura Bhagat called the movement a battle for the survival of society and asked people to reach the memorial site with their friends and relatives on November 1 for the future of their children. The Gujjars have alleged that the government is trying to suppress the voice of society by adopting a dual policy.
Rajasthan govt tries to appease Gujjars
Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot has sent a letter to the Union government for getting the Most Backward Class (MBC) included in the ninth schedule of the Constitution.
The Rajasthan government has decided to grant a regular pay scale to 1,252 MBC category persons on completion of the probation.
The families of three members from the Gujjar community will get financial help of Rs 5 lakh each from the Rajasthan government. Kailash Gujjar, Man Singh Gujjar and Badri Gujjar received bullet injuries during the Gujjar agitation in 2008 and succumbed to their injuries.
Meanwhile, the district collector of Bharatpur has cancelled the leaves of all employees and officers of the district till further orders.
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