Jat leaders suspend quota stir after talks with Haryana CM
New Delhi, March 19, 2017
Jat leaders suspended protests planned in Delhi tomorrow to press their demand for reservation in government jobs and educational institutions after talks with Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal here today.
Mr. Manohar Lal told a press conference at Haryana Bhavan here this evening that the two sides had come to an agreement on five points aimed at finding a solution to the issue.
Union Ministers Birender Singh and P.P. Chaudhary were amongst those who attended the meeting.
Jat leader Yashpal Malik said the Jats would not come to Delhi tomorrow to stage the protest. He said they had agreed to the five points, as outlined by Mr. Manohar Lal, and trusted the Government would implement them in a time-bound manner.
The All India Jat Aarakshan Sangarsh Samiti had given a call for a march to Parliament here tomorrow and for protests at the Delhi border to press for its demands, prompting the authorities to take a series of measures, including suspension of Delhi Metro train services to stations outside Delhi in the National Capital Region (NCR) and imposition of traffic restrictions in Central Delhi from tonight.
The Chief Minister said that the Centre would begin considering the issue of reservation for Jats in Central Government jobs and educational institutions once appointments were made to the posts of Chairman and Members of the National Commission for Backward Classes.
He said the State Government would begin the process of including the community in the 9th Schedule once the High Court gave its verdict on the Bill brought by it.
Mr. Manohar Lal said the State Government would review all cases filed against pro-reservation agitators since 2010 and ensure that they received full justice. He said that a member of the family of those who died or were disabled during the agitation would be given a job by the State Government. He said the compensation announced for those who were injured during the agitation would be released.
The Chief Minister said inquiries against officials would be expedited and strict action would be taken against anyone found guilty.
Mr. Malik said the Jat leaders would coordinate with the Government to ensure that the agreed points were implemented in a time-bound manner.