Gujjars protested for reservation in job and education
Lok Sabha election is a continuous blitzkrieg among the parties and the members. Just before few months of the Lok Sabha elections Gujjars started a massive protest demanding quota in jobs and education. The protest started on Friday and led by Colonel Kirori Singh Bainsla who is the convener of the Gujjar Aarkashan Sangharsh Samiti. The gujjars demanded a 5 percent reservation for the community under special backward class.
Reports say that the Gujarat government was given a 20 day ultimatum by the gujjars and the deadline ended on February 8. As there was no action taken for the quota demand Bainsla led a Gujjarmahapanchayat at Malarna Dungar where it was decided to renew the agitation. He led around 3000 supporters for the protest and also announced blocking of four important highways leading to Jaipur. The highways from Delhi to Jaipur via Kotputali, Ajmer to Jaipur, Tonk to Jaipur and Agra to Delhi will be blocked.
The state government later decided to take action for the protest and sent IAS officer Neeraj K Pawan to Sawai Madhopur to resolve the issue. A three-member committee, comprising health minister Raghu Shrama, tourism minister Vishvendra Singh and Bhanwar Lal Meghwal, has also been set up to discuss the issue with the Gujjars. Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot was appointed to check for the maintenance of peace in the state.
The government had stationed 17 companies ofRajasthan Armed Forces in eight districts while Section 144 has been imposed in Malarna Dungar.
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