Rajasthan govt for 4-6 pc reservation for Gujjars

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Jaipur, May 31: In a bid to remove bottle necks in dealing with the strident Gujjar agitation and ensure early opening of a dialogue with the demonstrating leaders, the Rajasthan Government has sent a proposal to the Centre favouring 4-6 per cent reservation to the community.

The Vasundhara Raje government last night sent to the Centre, the state Cabinet's proposal favouring provisions of 4 to 6 per cent reservation to Gujjars and other most backward castes under new group of Nomadic non-Scheduled Tribe category, a government spokesperson told the sources. The government, has also sent Director General of Police (DGP) A S Gill on a long leave till July 31, in the wake of ''unhappiness and dissatisfaction'' expressed in different quarters, including the ruling BJP and the agitating Gujjar leaders, he informed.

Additional Director General K S Bains has been appointed on Mr Gill's place. He is scheduled to assume charge later in the day, he added.

The spokesperson said that although the state government was yet to receive the Centre's reply in respect of Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje's letter to the Prime Minister earlier this week favouring reservation to the Gujjars under the above new group, the government had now sent the cabinet's proposal too in a bid to avoid delay.

The Law Ministry had reportedly pointed out procedural lacunae in the Chief Minister's letter and to cover up that aspect, the state government had now sent formal cabinet proposal to substantiate the letter.

The Rajasthan government last night also conceded to Gujjar leader Col Kirodi Singh Bainsla's demand for conducting the post-mortem of firing victims by a special team of doctors from All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS).

Bainsla, expressing doubts over the possibility of correct autopsy reports by doctors under state government, had demanded post-mortem by the AIIMS team.

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