The newly-elected Congress government in Rajasthan has passed a bill promises 5 percent reservation for Gujjars in education and jobs on Wednesday, amid a huge protest by the community, which has hit train services and road traffic since the last week.
The Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot said that the next step is to approach the Central government for an amendment in the Constitution that would make its execution possible.
Rajasthan has already touched 50 percent ceiling on the reservation, which was placed by the top court.
Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu have crossed 50 percent quota. The Parliament has also offered 10 percent quota to the Economically Backward classes, pointed out Mr. Pilot.
He further said at the state assembly that “So we will pass this bill and send it to the Centre, so they can pass it with a Constitutional amendment like they have done in the 10 percent quota case.”
“We will go meet (BJP chief) Amit Shah when he comes to Jaipur, to ask him to have this passed in the centre via a constitutional amendment,” added Mr. Pilot.
Accused ex-Chief Minister of Rajasthan Vasundhara Raje of failing Gujjars, the Deputy Chief Minister said that she had promised Scheduled Tribe status to Gujjar during her election meetings. After much deliberation, later five nomadic tribes were offered 5 percent reservation.
“We know that five percent reservation has been overturned in the past. But now the circumstances are different,” said Mr. Pilot adding that “The centre has just crossed the 50 percent limit. The road has been cleared.”