27 Mar, 2014
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The Union Cabinet on 2 March 2014 approved to give reservation to Jats in nine predominantly northern States. Jat, an important farming community of North India was conferred the status of other backward caste (OBC) by the Union Cabinet.
The nine states where Jats would get benefit of OBC are Bihar, Gujarat, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Rajasthan, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh and Delhi.
However, some sources in the Cabinet said the National Commission for Backward Classes, which had been asked to examine the demand for reservation for Jats, sent back a divided recommendation, and thus there is concern that the Cabinet decision could be challenged.
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