The BJP government has notified the Haryana Backward Classes (Reservation in Services and Admission in Educational Institutions) Act 2016, providing reservation in jobs and admission in educational institutions to Jats and five other castes.
The existing 27% reservation for backward classes (16% for BC (A) and 11% of BC (B)) has also been brought under the ambit of the new law. The Act provides 10% reservation in service for Class III and IV posts and 6% reservation in Class I and II posts to Jats, Jat Sikhs, Rors, Bishnois, Tyagis, and Muslim Jats by creating a new category BC (C).
The quota Bill was passed by the state assembly on March 29 and assented to by the governor on April 1. However, it was not notified by the state government as it was expected to be challenged in a court of law as soon as it was notified. In the meantime, the state government notified the Haryana Backward Classes Commission Act, 2016 to set up a permanent statutory mechanism for examining requests of inclusion and complaints of over-exclusion and under-inclusion of backward classes.
Last week, the state government constituted a four-member commission under the chairmanship of justice SN Aggarwal (retd). The idea behind constituting the Backward Classes Commission first and then notifying the quota law is that once the quota law is challenged in the courts, the state government will take a plea that since it has up a commission to examine requests of inclusion of backward classes, the matter should be referred to the Commission.
The state government on May 5 also dissolved the existing Haryana Backward Classes Commission headed by Justice KC Gupta which was constituted in 2011 and on whose recommendation the previous Congress government granted 1 % special backward classes quota (SBC) to Jats and five other castes.