Jaipur, August 24: A long pending demand of the Jat community people residing in Dholpur and Bharatpur districts of Rajasthan to include them in the OBC list have been accepted by the State Government. Notably, Jats of these two districts have been given reservation under the Other Backward Class (OBC) category.
The Rajasthan government on Wednesday brought back Jats of Bharatpur and Dholpur districts in OBC category who were deprived of the quota benefits by the high court and Supreme Court in 2015. The State Social Justice and Empowerment department issued a notification in this regard and said the decision was taken during a cabinet meeting.
However, the decision was taken after the OBC commission headed by Chairman Jitendra Goyal and member secretary Hari Kumar Godara submitted its report in June 2017 to the CM Vasundhara Raje. Interestingly, in the year 2015, the Rajasthan High Court revoked a state government order issued in 1999 granting reservation to Jats in Dholpur and Bharatpur districts and ordered a review of the status of all communities under OBC to be conducted over the next four months.
Earlier in March 2015, the Supreme Court scrapped reservation for Jats in nine states, including Bharatpur and Dholpur districts of Rajasthan, on the findings of an OBC panel that Jat is not a backward class in these districts. The central government through a notification dated 27 October 1999 included Jats in OBC list and the decision was later followed by the state, who included Jats in the OBC list via a notification issue on 3 November 1999.
Interestingly, Rajasthan was also the first to extend reservation benefits to the community but the quota benefits to the community of these two districts were denied on that day. However, the Jats of Bharatpur and Dholpur were included in the state OBC list through two separate notifications issued on 1 January 2000 and 10 January 2000.
Jats of Dholpur and Bharatpur were kept out of the OBC category by the then Atal Bihari Vajpayee-led NDA government in 1999. They were not considered socially backward because they belong to the ruling class in these districts. The community was ruling these two districts before independence. Later on 10 August 2015, the Rajasthan High Court deprived the Jats community of these two districts, namely Dholpur and Bharatpur, of quota benefits of OBC category.