New Delhi: With Haryana on the boil following Jat agitation, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday reviewed the prevailing situation in the troubled state with top officials, including NSA Ajit Doval, Army Chief General Dalbir Singh Suhag besides others.
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 said all assistance will be provided to the Haryana government in tackling the law and order situation.
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.
The meeting was held 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.
A high-powered committee headed by a senior Union minister will also be set up to look into the demand of the Jats for reservation in central government jobs.
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.
Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Sunday said the Army was working with the civil administration in maintaining the law and order situation in Haryana, which is on the boil following Jats agitation.
"The Army is working with the civil administration. I have asked the Army to continue active support to the civil administration in maintaining law and order situation in the state," Parrikar told PTI.
The Minister also chaired a meeting in which Army chief and other senior defence officials were present.
During the meeting, he was apprised about the deployment of army personnel in the state and the difficulties being faced by them. The Minister also directed the army to bring in their engineering equipment to ensure smooth movement as the agitators have dug several roads.