Members of Gujjar community in Rajasthan’s Sawai Madhopur have continued their protest over the issue of reservation which has led to chaos and disturbances in daily schedule of the citizens. The Gujjar memebers have demanded the implementation of the 5 per cent reservation that was promised to them by the Rajasthan government.
Agitating Gujjars sat on railway tracks at Malarna Doongar near Sawai Madhopur due to which five trains were cancelled, while 15 others were diverted in Kota Division of Western Central on Saturday. In fact, two of the state board exams scheduled for this period were also postponed.
Find here the details of the cancelled and diverted trains on Delhi-Mumbai route:
The cancelled trains are 12059/12060 Kota – Nizamuddin – Kota Janshatabdi Express, 19803 Kota – Katra express and 19804 Katra – Kota Express train.
The blocked railway line in the West Central Railway connects Delhi to Mumbai. However, the Delhi-Jaipur-Agra line remains clear.
Details of state board exams cancelled due to protest
Due to ‘unavoidable circumstances’, Rajasthan Staff Selection Board postponed Agricultural Supervisor Direct Recruitment-2018 exam which was scheduled for February 10 in Jaipur and Kota .
Similarly, Supervisor (Angandwadi worker) recruitment exam scheduled to be held in Ajmer was also postponed.
The agitation comes nearly a month after 10 per cent quota for the economically weaker sections in the general category in jobs and education was cleared by parliament. The move was introduced as a constitutional amendment, passed in parliament and enacted in a matter of days. However, the validity of the 10 per cent quota will be examined by the Supreme Court.
The government has argued that since the bill provides reservation on basis of income, not caste, it was not subject to the 50 per cent bar.
The community has held four agitations for reservations from 2007 up to 2015, where they blocked rail and road traffic. In 2007 and 2008, more than 70 people had died in the clashes during the agitation. In 2010 and 2015 though, only rail and road traffic was disrupted.