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Jat stir: Ensure water supply to Delhi is not disrupted, Centre to Haryana govt

DECCAN CHRONICLE / PTI
Published Feb 21, 2016, 12:13 pm IST
Updated Feb 21, 2016, 12:50 pm IST
Jat delegation to meet Rajnath Singh again over agitation as protesters continue blockade.
Centre has asked the Haryana government to ensure that water supply to Delhi was not disrupted. (Photo: PTI)
 Centre has asked the Haryana government to ensure that water supply to Delhi was not disrupted. (Photo: PTI)

New Delhi: With the agitation by the Jats in Haryana showing no signs of subsiding, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh is set to meet the leaders from the community yet again on Sunday. The Jat and Khap leaders from Haryana will meet Rajnath at his residence at 3 pm.

Meanwhile, Centre asked the Haryana government to ensure that water supply to Delhi was not disrupted.

 

The Centre on Sunday asked the Manohar Lal Khattar-led government to ensure that the water supply to the national capital is not disrupted. Cabinet Secretary P.K. Sinha today again reviewed the situation in Haryana arising out of the Jat agitation.

Read: Jat quota stir: Situation remains tense in Haryana as toll touches 8

Sinha spoke to Chief Secretary, Haryana, in a video conference along with the concerned Central Government Ministries.

"Cabinet Secretary said that water supply to Delhi should be the top priority and all measures should be taken to ensure that no disruption in water supply takes place. He directed the authorities to take stringent action against those indulging in violence and other anti-social activities," Government of India spokesperson Frank Noronha said.

 

Protesters blocked highways as the army deployed more personnel to control the situation. (Photo: Twitter)Protesters blocked highways as the army deployed more personnel to control the situation. (Photo: Twitter)

The agitating members of the Jat community have been demanding their inclusion in the OBC category and thereby reservation in government jobs.

After the meeting yesterday, the delegation had said that they were waiting for the formation of a committee which would review the reservation demands of their community.

"We had four demands; compensation for those who have died, return of complain, the reservation should be implemented and we demand action on the officers who have ordered firing," a Jat leader told the media after the meeting.

 

Read: Jat stir: Khattar ‘accepts demands’, asks protestors to end agitation

"They have told us that they would be forming a committee by tomorrow which would review the reservation demand," he added.

When asked about their course of action, the Jat leaders said they await the formation of the committee as assured by the government.

Read: Reservation row: Jat stir may singe Delhi too as Haryana remains on boil

The Jats leaders appealed to the people of Haryana to maintain peace in the region, saying violence would not lead to any solution.

 

Meanwhile, former Haryana chief minister B.S. Hooda is on a hunger strike at the Jantar Mantar in Delhi, as an appeal to the protesting Jat community to maintain law and order and call off the agitation.

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