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Rajasthan High Court stays 5 pc Gujjar quota

Posted on Jan 29, 03:32PM | IBNS

The Rajasthan High Court on Tuesday stayed an order for five percent resevations for the Gujjars since the move could lead to exceeding of quotas for jobs beyond 50 percent.

The Gujjars had been long demanding job reservations following which in 2012 the Rajasthan government had accepted a recommendation for five percent quota for the community in jobs and educational institutions under Special Backward Category.

A division bench of judges NK Jain and JK Ranka, said the total reservation now in the state has gone up to 68 percent, way above the 50 percent mark and it is not constitutional.

The matter is stayed till next hearing.

Rajasthan witnessed violence over demands by Gujjars earlier.

In May 2008 police had fired on protesters belonging to the Gujjars demanding a lower scheduled tribe status, instead of their higher OBC (Other Backward Class) status. At least 15 of them were killed.

Protesters also killed a cop in Bharatpur district in Rajasthan in 2008.

The community had blocked railway tracks over their demand triggering violence.

Gujjars are a farming and trading community who are classified by the government as an "Other Backward Class".