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Chidambaram to look into demand for Jat reservation: Digvijay Singh

December 23, 2011 - New Delhi

Congress General Secretary, Digvijay Singh said that Home Minister P Chidambaram promised him to look into the demand for Jat reservation in central government jobs and educational institutions in the Other Backward Class category.

Digvijay Singh met Chidambaram and asked him to expedite the process as proposal was pending with the National Backward Commission.

"Taking the demand very seriously, Chidambaram has promised to take a decision once the report has been submitted to him," Singh told reporters in New Delhi.

Singh claimed that there was no need for further review as many states had conducted study and have granted reservation on that basis.

"It (the proposal) had gone to it (the National Backward Commission) for review. We requested him (Chidambaram) that there is no need for further study because provinces have conducted study on it and have granted reservation on the basis of that study. Now, if the National Backward Commission recommends reservation on that basis, it could be decided soon," added Singh.

At present Jats are enjoying reservation in several states including Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Punjab and Delhi but they are denied of benefits at central government level.

Singh is seeking reservations for Jats and Muslims in order to consolidate their votes in its favour and to revive the Congress Party in northern Uttar Pradesh assembly polls due next year.


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