Gujjar agitation over reservation called off

For the last ten days, Rajasthan has been witnessing a string of protests by the Gujjar community.

Published: 16th February 2019 12:55 PM  |   Last Updated: 17th February 2019 12:05 PM   |  A+A-

File photo: Gujjar community on dharna demanding reservation, in Sawai Madhopur

By Express News Service

SAWAI MADHOPUR: The nine-day agitation by the Gujjar community for enhanced quota in jobs ended on Saturday, with its leader Colonel Kirori Singh Bainsla, agreeing to proposals of the Rajasthan government, raising the percentage of reservations by 4 per cent.

“We have called it off in national interest after the state agreed to enhance quotas for Gujjar, Raika-Rebari, Gadia Luhar, Banjara and Gadaria communities in jobs and education. We agree to the proposals,” Bainsla said, while apologising for the inconvenience caused to people due to the agitation.

The movement was called off after the draft copy of the agreement between the Rajasthan government and the Gujjar leaders, was delivered by Minister Vishvendra Singh to the leaders who had been squatting on railway tracks in Malarna Dungar area of Sawai Madhopur.

“We are thankful to the CM for looking into the concerns of the community. We have received a written assurance from the government that he will stand by the community,” said the Gujjar leader.

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