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Punjab and Haryana HC Upholds Jat Quota Provision, Refers Matter to Backward Classes Commission

Punjab and Haryana high court

Punjab and Haryana high court. Credit: PTI

New Delhi: The Punjab and Haryana high court today validated the provisions in the Haryana Backward Classes (Reservation in Services and Admission in Educational Institutions) Act 2016, which ensures 10% quota to six communities, including Jats, reported the Indian Express.

The quota reservation has been kept on hold and referred to the National Commission for Backward Classes. The commission has been asked to prepare a report with the percentage of quota and submit it by March 31, 2018, the Times of India reportedUntil then, the reservations that the Act recommends will be on hold.

In February last year, Haryana had been brought to a stand still with Jat quota protests, demanding reservation in government jobs and educational institutions, turning violent. Following this, on March 29, 2016, the Haryana assembly unanimously passed the Act that brought a new backward class (C) category – including Jat, Jat Sikh, Muslim Jat, Bishnoi, Ror and Tyagis – with 10% reservation in government services and educational institutions.