New Delhi: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh today announced that a high-powered committee headed by Venkaiah Naidu has been set up to look into the demand of the Jats for reservation in central government jobs.
Singh had called in a meeting with top officials to review the prevailing situation in the troubled state immediately after a Jat delegation met the Union Home Minister where it was decided that a Bill would be brought in the coming session of Haryana Assembly for providing reservation to the community.
The Home Minister took stock of the inputs from various agencies and directed that all steps be taken to restore normalcy early as possible.
Singh appealed to the agitating Jats in Haryana to restore peace after violence continued in the state taking the death toll to 12. He also assured that all assistance will be provided to the Haryana government in tackling the law and order situation.
"I appeal to everyone to maintain peace. But law and order is a state subject. If someone indulges in violence we will have to take action," he told reporters.
Anil Jain, BJP general secretary in-charge of Haryana, said that a bill will be brought in the coming session of the Haryana Assembly for granting OBC status to the Jats in the state.
Those present in the meeting included Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister Nripendra Mishra, Union Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi, Director of Intelligence Bureau Dineswar Sharma, Vice Chief of Indian Air Force Air Marshal B S Dhanoa and Delhi Police Commissioner B S Bassi.
Haryana was on the edge today as fresh incidents of arson and violence shook the state. The Jat agitation for quota under OBC category has so far claimed 10 lives.
As the Jat stir also hit Delhi, the Arvind Kejriwal government announced closure of schools tomorrow as part of water rationing after supply from Haryana was disrupted. The national capital also witnessed big traffic jams in some parts.
(With PTI inputs)