Jaipur: The Gujjars will be given a 5% job quota as a special category under an agreement reached with the Rajasthan government, bringing to an end the community’s nearly month-long campaign for scheduled tribe (ST) status.
Addressing a joint press conference with Gujjar leader Kirori Singh Bainsla here, chief minister Vasundhara Raje announced the 5% quota for the community as also the Rebaris and Banjaras.
Apparently keeping in mind the sensitivities of the influential Meena community, which already has ST status in the state, Raje sought to allay misgivings about the impact of the quota for Gujjars on the present reservation system.
“This quota would not have any adverse effect on the present reservation system in the state,” she said. “There is a necessity to give special support to some sections.”
Expressing gratitude to Raje and crediting her for ending the stalemate, Bainsla said that following Wednesday’s announcement, the Gujjar agitation would be called off after he reaches Pilupura in Bharatpur, the nerve centre of the campaign. “We hope there will be no need for any more agitation on the issue,” he said.
Earlier, the formal announcement of the agreement between the two sides, which was slated for the morning, was delayed by a few hours apparently due to some last-minute glitches.
The 27-day Gujjar agitation claimed 43 lives in police firing in Rajasthan and Haryana.