The decision would pave the way for the community members to avail benefits of reservation in Central government jobs and Central education institutions as per the existing norms.

“The Union Cabinet on Sunday approved the inclusion of the Jat community in the Central list of OBCs for the states of Bihar, Gujarat, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh and the national capital territory of Delhi,” Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari told reporters.

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It is widely believed that inclusion of Jats in the Central list of OBCs would benefit the Congress electorally, at a time when general elections are round the corner.
The Cabinet had earlier asked the National Commission for Backward Classes (NCBC) to expeditiously take a call on the issue, following which it had conducted public hearing in the nine states.
The NCBC had in 2011 rejected demands for reservation to the community at the central level.

Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh welcomed the government’s decision while Olympian Krishna Punia said the move will specially be beneficial to the community members living in the rural areas.


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