Jats ends agitation after promise of Backward Commission

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Hisar, Mar 26: The Jat agitation finally seem to be coming to an end and the formal announcement is expected to be made by the Jat's president Yashpal Malik at 12 pm today.

The agitation saw a number of trains getting cancelled and various industries in Haryana getting affected. Almost all the trains traveling through the area were delayed/cancelled that led to some humongous loss to the Indian Railways. The damage includes the cancellation of 74 trains and a short termination of 37 others. The protesting Jat community that disrupted services in the Delhi-Bathinda section of Northern Railway, as well as the Bikaner and Jaipur Division of North-Western Railway since Mar 5 has caused a combined loss of more than Rupees 100 crores to the railways.

There have been reports that the All India Jat Aarakshan Sangharsh Samiti leaders met with the Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda last night where they mutually agreed on setting up the State Backward Classes Commission within a month. The commission would also look into the demands of communities like Roar, Jat, Sikh, Tyagi, Bishnoi and others who wanted to fall under the purview of the OBC.

Hawa Singh Sangwan, the President of the Samiti was quoted as saying, “We are happy that the Chief Minister has agreed to our demands. We will discuss the positive outcome of the meeting with other protesters and convince them to move from the tracks."The Jats were demanding quota for their community in government jobs. They had upped their agitation after a protesting elderly person died following a hunger strike that had commenced since Mar 12.

According to a statement given out by the Railways, they had cancelled as many as 2,582 trains till Mar 22 and a Rupees 5 crores a day loss due to the cancellation and short termination of trains.

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