Rajasthan government passes bill for 5% reservation amid Gujjar protests

Rajasthan government passes bill for 5% reservation amid Gujjar protests

Jaipur: After days of protests by Gujjar community, the Rajasthan assembly on Wednesday unanimously passed the Backward Classes Amendment Bill 2019 that promises 5% quota to the Gujjar community and other nomadic tribes.

The community had continued to resort to violence in Rajasthan, marking the sixth day of protests on Wednesday.

Protestors had gone on a rampage in the Sikar district of the state, jamming the highways with their violence, breaking glasses of cars, and had even targeted cops by pelting stones on them earlier on Wednesday, but eventually, the situation was controlled by lathi charges against the agitated protestors by the state police.

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The amendment will provide 5% quota in jobs and educational institutes to the Gujjar community and four other communities.

Gujjar leader Kirori Singh Bainsla and his supporters had blocked the railway tracks in Sawai Madhopur district and several highways, demanding the quota in government jobs and educational institutes

Gujjar protests began from Friday after the community members sit-in on railway tracks in Malarna Dungar of Sawai Madhopur for an indefinite period.

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