Jaipur, June 2 (UNI) Rastriya Lok Dal(RLD) President and former Union Minister Ajit Singh today urged the Centre as well as the Rajasthan Government to convene an all-party meeting to evolve a consensus over the Gujjar community's demand for ST status.
Addressing a press conference here, Mr Singh justified and supported the Gujjar Reservation Action Committee's demand and deplored the Centre and Rajasthan Government for keeping the issue unresolved.
The Jat leader said the mechanism of inclusion of new castes and/or groups and deleting existing castes and/or groups from Scheduled Castes(SCs), Scheduled Tribes(STs) and Other Backward Classes(OBCs) did exist.
However, neither the Centre had utilised the same nor the Rajasthan Government had initiated a due procedure for implementing Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje's promises made during the last assembly elections to the Gujjar community.
Mr Singh said the Gujjar community deserved the ST status as this community was having social, economical and academic status on a par with the Meena community which had already been enjoying ST status.
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