Chidambaram to hold talks with Jat leaders

March 16th, 2011 - 12:35 pm ICT by ANI  

P. Chidambaram New Delhi, Mar 16 (ANI): Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram will hold talks with representatives of the agitating Jat Community to find a solution to their demand for jobs reservation.

Chidambaram and Social Justice Minister Mukul Wasnik will hold talks with an 11-member delegation led by Yashpal Malik, who reportedly has the tacit support of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati.

Malik will represent the Akhil Bhartiya Jat Arakshan Sangarsh Samiti (ABJASS), which has been at the forefront an agitation that has disrupted the movement of trains in Haryana and Uttar Pradesh.

The decision to hold the talks was taken by the Cabinet Committee on Political Affairs (CCPA), which was chaired by the Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, on Tuesday.

Earlier, Malik had said: “The Congress Government had talks with us on September 28 requesting us to stop our agitation till the Commonwealth Games end and said they would hold talks about our demand for reservation. Now, they (government) have sent us a letter from the Backward Class Authority that the Jat community can’t get reservation because the case was rejected in 1997. ”

“After 1997 we got reservation in Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh. The government has made a joke of the sentiments of our community since 1991. We get reservation in one state and in other states we belong to the forward caste category. We do not have reservation in Punjab, Haryana and Jammu and Kashmir,” he added.

The Jat community, which is mostly confined to North India, is considered a progressive class, though in a couple of states, they are bracketed with the other backward classes (OBC).

The Indian Government has reserved about half of all seats in state colleges and universities for lower caste people and tribal groups to reduce disparities in the social hierarchy. (ANI)

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