Jaipur: Finally, the Rajasthan government has given five per cent reservation to Gujjars. Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gahlot's government gave the reservation to Gujjars under the Special Backward Classes (SBC) category without tampering with the quota for any other caste. But the move is already being questioned.
The Gehlot government has also announced the setting up of the Economic Backward Classes Commission to pacify upper castes who have been demanding 14 per cent reservation for themselves.
The State Cabinet also accepted the State Backward Caste Commission report. But the problem is that the reservation in the state is now 54 per cent, which is more than the Supreme Court stipulated 50 per cent limit. But the government's argument is that in the exceptional circustances the quota limit could be raised. The Supreme Court had also said in Indira Sahni case that in special circumstances, the limit can be increased.
The problem for the Rajasthan governmentis not related to the Gujjars only, but also the upper castes. The previous Vasundhara Raje government had passed a bill for 5 per cent reservation for Gujjars and 14 per cent reservation to upper castes, but since the total reservation limit would been more than 50 per cent, so the High Court had stayed its implementation....more
02:21 PM, Nov 29, 2012