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Saturday, October 23, 1999

Sheila puts Delhi Jats on OBC list

EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE  
NEW DELHI, OCT 22: Just a day after the Atal Behari Vajpayee government decided to include the Jat community in Rajasthan in the list of Other Backward Classes (OBCs), Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit rushed to do the same in the Capital.

The recommendations of the Other Backward Classes Commission were accepted in the Cabinet meeting chaired by the Chief Minister today. The Cabinet decision to include Jats in the Capital's list for OBCs is being referred to the Centre for approval as required.

With this, Delhi becomes ``the first state'' in the country to give the benefit of reservation to the Jat community, stated a Government press release. The Commission of the Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi had submitted its report to the Delhi Government, based on a survey carried out during the year 1997-98 in the region. According to the press release, the Commission found justification for this inclusion.

Yoganand Shastri, the minister for development, food and supplies of Delhi,congratulated Chief Minister Dikshit for this decision. Hoping that this example will be followed in states like Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan, he said that it will substantially improve the socio-economic condition of the community.

The first initiative to include the Jat community in the OBCs list as early as 1990 failed because of opposition from Mulayam Singh Yadav during the Janata Dal regime under V P Singh. However, Rashtriya Janata Dal president Laloo Prasad Yadav had then supported the move for inclusion of Jats in the reserved category.

The inclusion of close to 14 more communities in the OBC category is under the consideration of the Delhi government and is expected to be completed after the nomination of two members of the Commission who retired recently, Development Minister Shastri said.

On Wednesday, the Central cabinet had decided to put Jats in Rajasthan on OBC list. It has paved the way for the inclusion of Rajasthani Jats in the 27 per cent OBC quota in Central government jobs.However, as per the recommendations of the report of the National Commission for Backward Classes, which was approved by the Cabinet in toto last evening, the Jats of Dholpur and Bharatpur were excluded from the OBC category.

Copyright © 1999 Indian Express Newspapers (Bombay) Ltd.


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