Chandigarh: The Jat agitation for reservation in government jobs which was on for the last three weeks, blocking rail tracks at several places, has finally come to an end. Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda on Saturday said that the Jat protestors will lift all blockades from rail tracks.

The decision was taken on Friday night following a meeting of Jat leaders with Hooda in Jind town. The breakthrough came after the CM agreed to set up a Haryana Backward Classes Commission within a month. 

The commission would consider the demand of the communities of Roar, Jat, Jat Sikh, Tyagi, Bishnoi and any other community who wishes to be under the ambit of the backward classes in the state. 

The Jat leaders earlier held meetings with Union Home Minister P Chidambaram in New Delhi but the stalemate over giving them reservation under the OBC quota had continued.  The protesters, including women, children and the elderly, had blocked rail tracks at 15 points across Haryana. The worst affected were the districts of Hisar, Bhiwani and Jind. 

Thousands of passengers had to face trouble as authorities cancelled several trains passing through Haryana in the last three weeks. 

The Jat leaders had earlier announced that they would block the Delhi-Ambala-Amritsar rail track if their demand was not met by March 25. However, the deadline ended on Friday. 

The leaders also warned that if their demands were not met by March 28, they would block all roads and rail tracks in Haryana, including those going to Delhi.

(Agencies)