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Haryana govt passes Jat quota bill in Vidhan Sabha: Here's what's it all about

The Haryana government has passed a bill detailing the formula for Jat reservation in the Vidhan Sabha on Tuesday.

The 'Haryana Backward Classes (Reservation in Government Jobs and admissions in Government Jobs and Admissions in Educational Institutions) Bill, 2016', lays out reservation in government jobs under Government/Government Undertakings and Local Bodies. It also provides for admission in Government/Government Aided Educational/Technical/Professional Institutions to persons belonging to Backward Classes in the state.

The aim of the Bill, in compliance with the demands made by the Jat leaders, is to provide statutory status to Backward Class 'C' (earlier referred to as Special Backward Classes) as stated in Schedule III of the Bill. The Bill further asks the Central government to include the Act in the 9th Schedule read with Article 31B of the Constitution of India.

The Jat agitation which held the state to ransom for almost a month resulted in 30 lives lost, 320 injured, damages to public and private property worth Rs 1,100 crore and an overall loss of Rs 34,000 crore across the northern states.

As per the Bill, 11 percent reservation in Class I and II posts in direct recruitment for Government/Government Undertakings and Local Bodies, 16 percent in Class III and IV posts and 16 percent in admissions for Government/Government Aided Educational, Technical and Professional Institutions will be provided for those in Backward Class (BC) 'A'. This signifies a one percent increase in Class I and II. BC 'A' is an comprehensive list of 71 castes.