Bainsla urges Guv to sign Reservation Bill

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Jaipur, Sep 15 (UNI) The Gujjar Reservation Action Committee today sought gubernatorial intervention to allay its apprehension of Congress' political interference for blocking process of formalising proposed reservation benefits for the community.

The Committee urged Rajasthan Governor S K Singh to accord his approval to the Reservation Bill passed by the Assembly during special session in July for granting five per cent reservation to Gujjars and three other castes under most backward class category and 14 per cent reservation to economically backward classes among unreserved general categories.

Talking to reporters here, Committee convenor Col Kirodi Singh Bainsla said the Bill sent to the Governor for his approval, was passed by the Assembly by a voice vote and carried full legislative sanctity and, therefore, the Governor should sign it immediately to ensure early benefits to the beneficiaries.

Mr Bainsla said Gujjars' were apprehensive of ''Congress' hand'' in the delay in further action on Gujjars' demand and said the Congress had always been exhibited apathy and insensitive attitude towards Gujjars' demand.

''In a bid to ensure prompt action by the Centre over the Gujjars' demand of ST status, I have sought appointment with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi but they have not entertained the request so far,'' Mr Bainsla said.

Mr Bainsla said the Congress should stop political gimmicks and should concede the Gujjars' demand.

On the other hand, Col Bainsla showed a soft corner for the ruling BJP and said the present BJP Government in the state was kind and considerate over the Gujjars' demand and did its bit over the issue.

He also expressed satisfaction over the implementation of the agreement between the state government and the Action Committee which had paved way for the end of the Gujjar agitation in June earlier this year.

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