The Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Manohar Lal, has invited those agitating to press the demand for reservation for the Jat community in the state for talks at his residence on Wednesday. The CM has also urged them to call off their agitation.
This was disclosed by the Haryana Finance Minister, Capt Abhimanyu, while interacting with media persons. Capt Abhimanyu said that the government was ready to discuss the matter and has already filed a review petition on this issue in the Supreme Court. Haryana has about 2.5 crore people belonging to various communities and the state government belonged to all of them. In a democratic set-up, every problem could be resolved through dialogue. He added.
Capt Abhimanyu said that the Chief Minister had already constituted a committee headed by the Chief Secretary to look into this matter. The committee which has been told to submit its report at the earliest is making efforts to explore all possibilities so that the benefits of reservation could be provided to Special Backward Classes to ensure social and economic justice. The minister expressed the hope that the talks would lead to a positive outcome.
The Chief Minister has invited all organisations, committees and Khap representatives involved in this matter for talks through concerned deputy commissioners, he added.
Various Jat factions are protesting for the last few days seeking reservation for Jats in educational institutes and government jobs under Other Backward Castes (OBC) category.
The standoff between Jats and the Haryana government escalated on Monday with protesters blocking national highways and railway tracks between Delhi and Rohtak. The police also registered criminal cases against the protesters.