Ramdas Agarwal assures Gujjar of special package by Feb

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Jaipur, Dec 20 (UNI) Sitting BJP MP and Chairman of the four-member committee, Ramdas Agarwal, today assured Gujjars of a special package before the beginning of the budget session of the Rajasthan Assembly, in February next.

This committee was constituted by the Vasundhara Raje Government to look into feasibility of the special package for the Gujjar Community.

However, Mr Agarwal categorically expressed the Rajasthan Government's inability in sending Cabinet recommendation to the Centre, for their inclusion in the ST list.

Talking to mediapersons here today, Mr Agarwal, who had also been instrumental in holding dialogue with Gujjar leaders, said the state government had done remarkable work for advancing the Gujjars' cause of reservation, by constituting the Chopra Committee and forwarding its report to the Centre for further action.

''Beyond this, no more action was possible under the state government's command as the further action is to be taken by the Centre and therefore, the Gujjars should not launch an agitation against the state government but they should now direct their campaign to New Delhi,'' Mr Agarwal said.

However, the state government was committed to ensuring justice to the Gujjars and had constituted four-member committee under his chairmanship, which would make all possible efforts to recommend a meaningful package, for their economic, social and educational well being.

Mr Agarwal said this should satisfy Gujjar community leaders and they should now stop planning for re-launching of agitation and instead make efforts to build pressure on the Centre for taking further action on their demand.

He also condemned the Congress for deferring action on inclusion of newer communities and groups into the ST list and said even recommendations of Shiv Charan Mathur led Congress Government of Rajasthan, for inclusion of Banjara and Gadiya Lohars into ST list, was a pending action since 1981. The Mathur Govenrment had then rejected Gujjars' claims for inclusion in the ST list, Mr Agrawal pointed out.

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