THE Rajasthan government has assured that the necessary notification providing reservation to the Gujjar community will be issued at the earliest. “We are convinced that they are entitled to reservation”, said State’s Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Rajendra Rathore .The Gujjar community had decided to step up agitation for reservation in the poll bound ex-princely state where 60 million populace are split on numerous castes. ”After two orders have been issued, we are satisfied.. We will withdraw the call to protest during the Prime Minister’s visit to Jaipur on July 7,” a spokesperson for the Gurjar Arkansan Sangharsh Samiti, said in Jaipur.Five castes including including Gujjar, pastoral agricultural ethnic group, have been categorised under the most backward classes (MBC).Therefore. Gujjars are also entitled to the 21 per cent quota under the OBC category for admission to educational institutions and recruitment in government jobs in the state, Rathore added. The orders, dated July 1 issued by the Department of Personnel (DoP) on Monday, clarified that the most backward classes are entitled to 21 per cent reservation under Other Backward Class (OBC) . Speaking to reporters after a meeting with a delegation of the Gujjar Aarakshan Sangharsh Samiti, he also said the government has withdrawn 203 criminal cases lodged against the community members during the Gujjar Aandolan.
The five castes under the most backward class (MBC) are (1) Banjara/Baldia/Labana, (2) Gadia-Lohar/Gadalia, (3) Gujjar/Gurjar, (4) Raika/Rebari and (5) Gadaria (Gaadri), who were initially enlisted in the OBC since 1994.The candidates (of these five castes of MBC), if not selected on the basis of merit in the general category, will be considered first under the OBC (21 per cent) and then under the MBC (1 per cent) in admissions and recruitments, according to the two orders which are separate for admissions and recruitments.“It was brought to the notice of the government that the most backward classes are being considered only for the MBC reservation and the guidelines for the reservation were not being followed properly,” the orders stated. The state government had issued the notification for giving one per cent reservation under the MBC on December 21, 2017.