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Court upholds Jat quota, but defers implementation

In what is being seen as both a success and failure for Jats, the Punjab and Haryana High Court today declared that the Haryana Backward Classes Act 2016 is constitutionally valid. However, the court has deferred the actual implementation of the backward quota, which is a failure since it implies that Jats will still not be able to benefit from the quota. The court has referred the Jat quota matter to the National Commission for Backward Classes and asked it to submit its report by March 31, 2018. So, Jats will have to wait for several more months before they will be able to benefit from the Jat quota. The validity of quota for 5 other communities was also decided by the court and they too will have to wait until the Commission submits its report.

The court has also extended the freeze for the earlier notification issued by Haryana government, wherein 10 percent reservation was provided to Jats and five other communities. The freeze has been extended till December 31. The bill for reservation to Jats and five other communities was passed unanimously in March last year. However, the reservation was put on hold by the court based on a public interest litigation filed by Bhiwani resident Murari Lal Gupta. The petitioner had argued that the Jats are an influential community and cannot be listed as backward.

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