Haryana Chief Minister Mr Manohar Lal today presided over a meeting of the State cabinet and reviewed the situation arising out of the ongoing agitation by the Jats for reservation in the State.
This was stated by Haryana Agriculture Minister Mr O.P Dhankar while replying to the questions of media persons after a meeting of the State Cabinet.
He said that an all party meeting has been convened tomorrow here at 11 am to discuss the issue of demand of reservation by the Jats. He said that the State Cabinet has appealed to the agitating Jats to call off their agitation in the larger interest of the State.
He said that yesterday the Chief Minister had a meeting with a section of agitating Jats here and he had announced to enhance the quota of reservation in government jobs and for admission to educational institutions for Economically Backward Classes from 10 to 20 per cent. He had also announced to enhance the annual income ceiling from Rs 2.5 lakh to Rs 6 lakh so that maximum people could get benefit.
He said that apart from this, the Government has already constituted a committee headed by Chief Secretary to study all aspects of the issue of reservation for Special Backward Classes and suggest the best way forward. He said that although the Committee is to submit its report by March 31, 2016 yet the Chief Minister has asked them to submit it before the ensuing session of Haryana Vidhan Sabha.
Mr Dhankar said that the administration and the Police were fully alert to meet any eventuality and the Government has kept all its options open to deal with the situation. However, he urged the agitating Jats to exercise restrain and call off their agitation. He said that as a result of the ongoing agitation, the supply of essential commodities like LPG Gas, Petrol and necessary services like ambulance van have been adversely affected thus causing problems to the people. Therefore, the agitating Jats should try to get the issue resolved through negotiations and at the earliest, he added.