Government committed to reservation: Sachin Pilot

Even as the proposed two-way talks to end the Gujjar agitation for job quota remained in limbo, the Gujjar community representatives in the Congress party met Saturday to discuss the reservation issue. Union Minister of State for Communications Sachin Pilot, who attended the meeting, tried to pacify the community saying that the Ashok Gehlot government in Rajasthan is committed to provide reservation to them. The meeting was attended by Pilot and Jitendra Singh, the energy minister in the Gehlot government, besides other community members and officials. "The Congress party is very clear that Gujjars should be provided reservation and the Ashok Gehlot government is committed to provide it. However, we have to respect the high court judgement too and work out a solution keeping that in mind," Pilot told reporters here after the meeting.
He urged the agitating Gujjars to hold further talks with the government on the issue. Colonel (retired) K.S. Bainsla, convener of the Gujjar Aarakshan Sangarsh Samiti spearheading the agitation for five percent government job reservation, had demanded Friday that the leaders must provide them with a feedback on the discussions before further talks could proceed. Jitendra Singh, who himself is a Gujjar, is also part of three-member ministerial committee that has been formed to talk and find an amicable solution with the agitating Gujjars. "As demanded by Colonel Bainsla, all the Gujjar leaders met here and discussed the issue," he said. He clarified that the government is working on a plan to provide reservation to Gujjars, but in the light of the high court judgment it would have to go through the legal process.