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hindustantimes 02 H I N D U STA N T I M E S , N E W D E L H I M O N DAY, F E B R U A RY 1 1 , 2 0 1 9 hhttrajasthan THE GOVERNMENT IS OPEN FOR TALKS AND HAS CONSTITUTED A MINISTERIAL COMMITTEE FOR THE PURPOSE ASHOK GEHLOT, chief minister > Gujjar agitators open fire, torch vehicles Global meet on development of drylands starts in Jodhpur today FAQS VIOLENCE Protesters clash with police in Dholpur, cops fire teargas shells to disperse mob; cases filed HT Correspondent Who are Gujjars? Court’s 50% limit for quota in education and jobs.
The Rajasthan govt brought a bill in assembly in 2017 to raise the OBC quota from the present 21% to 26% for granting 5% reservation to Gujjars and other castes. This, too, was struck down by the high court. [email protected] n A pastoral community, who, as per the 1931 caste census, constitute about 5% of Rajasthan’s population. They are present in around 21 of state’s 33 districts. Traditionally, they have been BJP supporters. HT Correspondent Gujjar agitation turned violent on Sunday after protesters in Dholpur pelted stones at police, opened fire from countrymade guns and torched police vehicles when forces tried to remove a blockade put up on the Agra-gwalior national highway.
Around half a dozen policemen were injured in the violence. Police fired teargas shells to disperse the mob. Unconfirmed reports said police also fired in the air.
On day 3 of stir by Gujjars on railway tracks near Malarna railway station, the agitation spread to other parts of the state. There were protests and road blocks in Ajmer, Karauli, Bhilwala and Dholpur. Gujjars have threatened to stop milk supply from Monday.
Chief minister Ashok Gehlot has urged the protesters to maintain peace and harmony.
Dholpur superintendent of police Ajay Singh said Gujjar activists jammed the Agra-gwalior national highway. “The agitators started pelting stones on police standing a few meters away from the site and burnt three police vehicles. Police fired teargas shells to disperse mob.”
He said the agitators climbed the nearby houses on the sides of the highway and opened fire from countrymade pistols. “The situation is under control and around 4-6 police personnel received injuries in the incident,” Singh said.
In Karauli, Gujjars have blocked the Hindaun City-karauli road at Gudla village since Saturday. Karauli SP Preeti JAIPUR/ BHARATPUR/ KOTA: [email protected] n Thirteenth International Conference on Development of Drylands with the theme ‘Converting Dryland Areas from Grey into Green’ organised by International Dryland Development Commission (IDDC) and Arid Zone Research Association of India (AZRAI) will be held at Jodhpur during February 11-14 , 2019. The conference is being hosted by Icar-central Arid Zone Research Institute (CAZRI), Jodhpur to commemorate its diamond jubilee.
About 400 participants from 80 international and national institutes belonging to 34 countries are expected to take part in the conference.
Dr. O P Yadav, director of CAZRI, said, “During the conference, dryland centric issues, needs and explicit problems are intended to be elucidated and addressed through in-depth deliberations involving researchers, intellectuals, policymakers, executives, farmers, NGOS and other stakeholders on a common platform.” It is expected to bring out a comprehensive roadmap as well as implementation strategy for various policies and programmes suitable for dryland development. A large number of national and international institutions and organisations like the Department of Agricultural Research and Education, Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), National Academy of Agricultural Sciences (NAAS), Arid Land Research Center (ALRC) Japan, Arid Land Agricultural Graduate Studies and Research Institute ( ALARI) Egypt, International Centre for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA) are actively supporting the conference with national and international organisations including the Food and Agriculture Organization , Arid Land Research Center ; Japan. JODHPUR: What is their demand? How much qyota Gujjars get? They are demanding 5% reservation under special backwards classes (SBC) category, a sub-category under other backward classes reservation (OBC). The Gujjars are getting OBC reservation since 1994. They started demanding SBC reservation after they demand for giving them scheduled tribe status was rejected by a government committee. Currently, they are getting 1% reservation under most backward class (MBC) category apart from the benefit of OBC reservation. Reservation in the state stands at 50% – 16% to SC, 12% to ST, 21% to OBC and 1% to Gujjars. Previous agitations In May 2007, Gujjars blocked Agra-jaipur NH at Peepalkheda and Patoli. 28 people were killed in police firing. In May 2008, they laid siege to Delhi-mumbai rail route at Pilukapura near Bayana in Bharatpur and allegedly lynched a cop near the rail line leading to police firing that claimed 15 lives. In 2010 and 2015, they blocked railway tracks but there was no violence. So far, the Gujjars have lost over 70 people to police firing and clashes with Meenas, who were opposing their demand for ST status in 2007. Did they get 5% SBC quota earlier? Yes, three attempts have been made. The Vasundhara Raje-led government in 2008 brought a bill for 5% SBC reservation to Gujjars and four other communities. The Rajasthan high court stayed the law on December 22, 2010, and asked the state to present quantifiable data to support reservation under SBC. The government repealed the 2008 Act and introduced a new bill in September 2015 granting them SBC reservation in jobs and educational institutions run by the state government. The Rajasthan HC struck it down on December 9, 2016 on the ground that it crossed the Supreme Gujjar agitators turn violent during their blockade of national highway in Dholpur on Sunday. HT PHOTO n Chandra said there is peace in the district. “Some Gujjars blocked Hindaun City-karauli road. We convinced them to open the road but they didn’t agree.”
Karauli collector Nannu Mal Pahadia imposed section 144 in Karauli on Sunday.
Meanwhile, the community activists under the Gujjar Arakshan Sangharsh Samiti continued to block railway tracks near Malrana Dungar station in Sawai Madhopur. After a community mahapanchayaton Friday at Maksudanpura village, samiti president KS Bainsla with hundreds of supporters walked to the railway tracks and laid siege to them.
State health minister Raghu Sharma, a member of the ministerial committee constituted by the state government to hold talks, said, “The government’s intentions are clear and doors for talks are open. On Saturday tourism minister Vishwendra Singh had visited the tracks to talk to community leaders. We appeal the activities to maintain peace and harmony, then only positive results can come.” He said the assembly has passed reservation proposals twice. “Community demands are justified but government has its limits. The ministerial committee is open for talks.”
Former samiti office-bearer Himmat Singh said people who have associated with the reservation demand were nowhere in the last 13 years. “This is a drama to bake political breads. They do not wish to come to any agreement. The violence incident in Dholpur is unfortunate,” he said. “Though Kirodi Bainsla is appealing for maintaining peace, he is not followed, which indicates a conspiracy. The whole incident will malign image of Gujjar community. The protest is hijacked by a few people.” On violence, he said anti-social elements joined the protest. “The administration will see to it who all were there and why the incident happened. Gujjar leader KS Bainsla is appealing for peace and harmony; people should listen to him. The way tension was built up and vehicles were set on fire is not justified.” table; reservation has to be given while we sit on the tracks; this is the final war,” he said. FIVE CASES REGISTERED Director general of police (law and order) ML Lather said the police registered three cases against agitators and two more will be filed in Dholpur. “Cases will be registered against those violating law.” He said, “No firing was done by police and teargas shells were fired to disburse agitating mob in Dholpur. ” He said agitators are making old videos viral; people should not get misled by them. Who is leading them? Colonel Kirori Singh Bainsla has been leading the community since 2006 when they uprooted tracks in Hindaun city in Karauli. Colonel Bainsla, 85, contested 2009 Lok Sabha election on BJP ticket and lost by 317 votes. ‘PROMISE NOT KEPT’ On Dholpur violence, KS Bainsla’s son Vijay Bainsla said, “We had apprised the government about road and rail track blockades on January 18. Police opened fire in air on peaceful activists, which agitated them. The government failed to take any action on our demand, which led to this protest.”
Vijay said the Congress in its manifesto promised 5% reservation and the community voted for them but now the Gehlot government is not responding.
“We will get up f rom t he tracks, if they say they lied and cannot honour the promise. They need to take a stand as the community is feeling cheated. There will be no talks over a TRAINS CANCELLED The stir affected rail traffic; 35 trains have been cancelled and 70 diverted, said officials. Kota authorities said Madgaon-nizamuddin express, KochuveliChandigarh express , MadgaonChandigarh express, Kota-patna-kota express, Kotamandsore-kota express were cancelled. Ahmedabad-patna e x p r e s s was r un t hr o ugh diverted route of Kota-ruthiyaiMakran-katni-manikpur. CM APPEAL CM Gehlot said holding protest is justified but sitting on railway tracks is not legal. He urged Gujjar leaders to start talks. “Earlier also there had been dialogues, which led to important decisions. The government is open for talks and has constituted a ministerial committee.” The vehicles torched by the agitators. HT OHOTO n In a first, e-registration at Kota jail for those visiting inmates 2 from state held in UP, 7K bottles of liquor seized Two men were arrested after over 7,000 bottles of smuggled liquor were seized from a truck in the Masuri area along Eastern Peripheral Expressway here.
Jitendra and Raju, both natives of Dhaulpur district of Rajasthan, told the police that the consignment of 655 cartons containing 7,860 bottles, procured from Karnal in Haryana , was to be delivered in Agra, Uttar Pradesh, DIG Upendra Agarwal said.further probe in the case is on, police said on Saturday. GHAZIABAD: ing online for the visitor-inmate meeting, visitors will get a one time password through which jail administration would give them time slot for meeting the inmates. She said that the visitors will have to show their identity card at the time of meeting. “Kota Central Jail is the first jail in the state to have launched the e-registration facility,” she said.
“This online system would prevent unnecessary crowding of visitors and also prevent them from returning to their homes without meeting the inmates,” she added.
She said that the district collector, Kota, Muktanand Agarwal has launched the e-registration facility at the Kota Central Jail. Aabshar H Quazi [email protected] n The Kota Central Jail has become state’s first jail to have launched e-registration for facilitating visitors to get online dates for meeting prison inmates.
Currently, it becomes very chaotic for the family members to meet the inmates due to rush of visitors on any given day. A large number of visitors have to return home without meeting the prisoners.
Taking this into account, the Kota Central Jail administration has launched e-registration facility which would bring smoothness in the process.
The superintendent of the Kota KOTA: Kota Central Jail. HT PHOTO n Central Jail, Suman Maliwal said that around 200 visitors arrive at the jail on a daily basis but only 70 people are able to meet the inmates. This leads to many of the visitors returning home who are asked to visit the jail next day. “Kota Central jail launched e-registration facility whereby visitors would be able to apply online to get a meeting date and time on which they will be able to plan the jail visit,” she said.
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