HC rejects Gujjars job quota

In a major setback to the agitating Gujjars, the Rajasthan High Court on Wednesday said the community can’t be given special reservation in government jobs. The court also pointed out that the Act passed by the state assembly in 2008 for giving them reservation benefits has no substratum of quantifiable data that could justify the reservation. A bench comprising Chief Justice Arun Mishra and Justice Mahesh Bhagwati directed the state government to carry out an exercise within a year to establish the backwardness of Gujjars, Raikas, Raibari and Gadiya Lohar communities in education and government jobs. The court order stoked the fire with the agitating Gujjars threatening to intensify their protests. The state is already facing trouble in the peak tourism season as violence spread to the Gujjar-dominated areas in the eastern parts and Ajmer region.

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