Haryana to introduce reservation bill in assembly

Chandigarh, March 28 (IANS) The Haryana government will introduce the bill to provide reservation to five communities, including the Jat community, in the ongoing budget session of the assembly.

The state cabinet, earlier on Monday, cleared the bill that proposes to provide reservation to the politically-dominant Jat community and four other communities – the Jat Sikhs, Tyagis, Bishnois and Rors.

Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar had made it clear earlier that the existing 27 percent reservation for Other Backward Classes (OBCs) in the state would not be disturbed as the OBC community is opposing inclusion of Jats in their category for reservation.

A five-member committee under the chairmanship of the chief secretary was formed earlier this month to prepare draft of the bill to grant reservation under the ambit of the constitution.

The Jat community has extended its deadline for the reservation demand till March 31.

The Bharatiya Janata Party government in the state had promised reservation for the Jat community and others after the recent Jat agitation for reservation left the state paralysed for nine days.

A total of 30 people were killed and 320 injured and property worth hundreds of crores of rupees was destroyed as the agitation turned violent.

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