The Rajasthan government has approved a 5% reservation in the Rajasthan Judicial Services (RJS) for the Most Backward Classes (MBCs), including Gurjars in the state. Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot led state cabinet has amended the Rajasthan Judicial Service Rules 2010, to provide five percent reservation in place of one percent.
For a long time candidates belonging to the more backward classes have been demanding amendment in the judicial service so that they can get 5% reservation in the state judicial service as an earlier reservation for the MBCs in the Rajasthan Judicial Services was 1%, but now the cabinet decided that this shall be increased to 5 percent.
Rajasthan Chief Minister, Ashok Gehlot said, “Amendments in the Rajasthan Judicial Services Rules, 2010 for allowing 5 percent preservation instead of 1 percent in the Rajasthan Judicial Services for the candidates from the Most Backward Communities including the Gurjars have been approved through the state cabinet.
Through this amendment, candidates of the most backward community are proposed to be given 5 percent reservation instead of 1 percent in the Rajasthan Judicial Services. It is noteworthy that the candidates of the Most Backward Community for a long time had been demanding changes in the Rajasthan Judicial Services for a long time so that they can get a 5 percent reservation instead of 1 percent in the state judicial services.”
The most backward classes include Gurjars, Banjara, Gadaria, Raiyka Raibari, Gadiya-Lohars. With this, the percentage of candidates from these communities in Rajasthan Judicial Services can increase.
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Gurjars Reservation in Rajasthan
Earlier in February 2019, the Gehlot government passed the Rajasthan Backward Classes Amendment Act-2019 paving the way for a 5 percent reservation for the community.
With the passage of this bill, five castes which were previously classified as OBC, have now been classified as MBC (Most Backward Classes). But in April 2019, the bill was confronted and the Supreme Court refused to stay the reservation saying that it won’t interfere in the interim order of the High Court.
Gurjar Agitation in 2019
In February 2019, the community had mounted a major revolt demanding a 5% reservation. They campaigned on the rail tracks across the state, which affected around 250 trains countrywide.
The agitation even turned violent in Dholpur when unidentified offenders fired 8-10 rounds in the air and three police vehicles were set afire by agitators.