Haryana Vidhan Sabha passes bill to provide reservation to Jats

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The Haryana Backward Classes (Reservation in Services and Admission in Educational Institutions) Bill, 2016 was passed by Haryana Vidhan Sabha on Tuesday.

It may be recalled that in February, demanding the reservation, the members of Jat community had held protest in the state, during which properties worth several thousand crores were damaged. Later, the government had promised to bring a bill in this regard.

Commenting on the issue, Haryana Chief Minister, Manohar Lal said that the state government had fulfilled its promise of giving reservation to Jats and members of other castes by getting the bill passed in the ongoing session of state assembly on Tuesday. It would enable the members belonging to six communities to get reservation in government services and admission to educational institutions.

The Chief Minister was interacting with media persons shortly after he was greeted by Khap leaders after the Bill was passed unanimously in Vidhan Sabha.

In reply to a question, the Chief Minister said that the provisions of reservation would be implemented immediately after the Governor’s assent. He said that a request would also be made to the Central Government to include this Act in 9th Schedule of the Constitution of India.

Haryana CM Manohar Lal addressing a press conference after The Haryana Backward Classes (Reservation in Services and Admission in Educational Institutions) Bill, 2016 was passed in the ongoing session of Haryana Vidhan Sabha in Chandigarh on Tuesday

Haryana CM Manohar Lal addressing a press conference after The Haryana Backward Classes (Reservation in Services and Admission in Educational Institutions) Bill, 2016 was passed in the ongoing session of Haryana Vidhan Sabha in Chandigarh on Tuesday

The Chief Minister said that with the passing of this Bill, a long standing demand of many communities has been fulfilled. He said that the previous government had turned this demand into such a draft which was stuck in the High Court and Supreme Court. After making a thorough study and consulting the stakeholders, the present government had got the Bill passed, which would become a law after the assent of the Governor, he added.

Referring to the provisions of the Bill, the Chief Minister said that six castes including Jat, Jat Sikh, Ror, Bishnoi, Tyagi and Mulla Jat/Muslim Jat have been included in Backward Classes-C category. He said that the state government has not only maintained the reservation provisions of BC-A and B categories, but has also extended some more benefits to them through this bill. He said that 71 castes included in Backward Classes-A would be given 11 per cent reservation in services for Class I and II posts instead of 10 per cent being given earlier. Similarly, six castes of BC-B category would be given one per cent more reservation in services in Class I and II posts as against the earlier provision of five per cent, he added.

The Chief Minister said that all those castes which are not covered under any category would be given reservation under Economically Backward Classes (EBC). The government had also decided to enhance the reservation under EBC from five per cent to seven per cent and notification to this effect would be issued shortly.

Lamenting on the role of the Congress party, the Chief Minister said that it is unfortunate that Congress members did not come to the House despite repeated invitations. Their last failure on reservation might be the reason for staying out of the Assembly which was not good. Another big cause for their being absent was SYL issue for which Congress party is responsible.

On being asked to comment on status of reservation on the posts already advertised by the recruitment agencies, the Chief Minister said that requisition to fill up the vacant posts of various Departments, Boards and Corporations had been sent to Haryana Public Service Commission (HPSC) and Haryana Staff Selection Commission (HSSC) after making deduction of 10 per cent. These 10 per cent posts would be separately advertised as per the norms and rules of HPSC and HSSC.

In reply to another question, the Chief Minister said that Haryana Backward Classes Commission had also been given the statutory status and Commission would have the right to include or delete new castes in the list of Backward Classes in the state.

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