Poll: Do you support Haryana govt’s move to give ‘Backward class’ status to the Jats?

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Several districts including Rohtak, the epicentre of Jat agitation, Jhajjar, Kaithal, Jind, Sonipat, Bhiwani witnessed violence by arsonists and unruly mob last month. Photo: PTI
Several districts including Rohtak, the epicentre of Jat agitation, Jhajjar, Kaithal, Jind, Sonipat, Bhiwani witnessed violence by arsonists and unruly mob last month. Photo: PTI

The agitation by the Jat community in Haryana demanding reservation in the backward class category has finally paid off, as the state Assembly on Tuesday unanimously passed a bill to provide reservation to Jats and five other communities in government jobs and educational institutions.

The decision comes ahead of the 3 April deadline set by the community which had launched a violent agitation last month, that led to the deaths of 30 people, injured 320 others and resulted in massive damage to property.

The Bill proposes to give reservation to Jats and five other castes—Jat Sikhs, Rors, Bishnois, Tyagis and Mulla Jat/Muslim Jat—by constituting a new classification Block ‘C’ in the Backward Classes category. It proposes to give 10% reservation in government and government-aided educational institutions and Class III and IV government jobs. The Bill also proposes to give 6% reservation to Jats and five other castes in BC ‘C’ category in class I and II jobs. Read more on the bill here .

The Jats constitute 29% of the population of Haryana and are considered economically and politically a well-off community. The quota issue dates back to the 1990s, and Jat leaders have been demanding OBC status to correct the historical wrongs done to the community, who are primarily farmers.

Do you support the move to grant them the Backward category status?