The next of kin of those who have lost their lives in the agitation and those who got disabilities or their next of kin would be given permanent employment within 60 days. All the youth who are in jails, their issues would be re-investigated. This issue has already been discussed. Compensation to the injured is being given. This issue will be completed within 15 days. Those who became disabled during the agitation, are getting Rs two lakh, the injured are getting Rs one lakh, Rs 50,000 and Rs 25,000.
Haryana Chief Minister Mr Manohar Lal today reiterated the commitment of the State Government to maintain peaceful atmosphere adding, “I am always prepared to negotiate with an open mind to resolve the issue and the Jat leaders could hold dialogue with him at any place.” He said that tomorrow he has scheduled for Chandigarh, Sonepat and Delhi and the agitating Jat leaders could see him at any of these places.
The Chief Minister, who was addressing a press conference here today, said that yesterday the Committee headed by senior most Cabinet Minister Mr Ram Bilas Sharma had a talk with the Jat leaders in a cordial manner and a consensus was reached, but he was not aware what went wrong with them. When asked if there was involvement of any political person in their backing out, the Chief Minister said that he was not sure. However, it appeared there could be politically motivated vested interests or some of the agitators who did not like peace.
He said that a Committee of officers under the chairmanship of Chief Secretary was constituted. This committee had held two meeting with the Jat leader Mr Yashpal Malik and others. Apart from this, dialogue was continued at personal level to end the agitation. On the demand of the Jat leaders, the government again constituted a committee headed by senior most Cabinet Minister Mr Ram Bilas Sharma and Minister of State for Welfare of Scheduled Castes and Backward Classes Mr Krishan Kumar Bedi and Chief Parliamentary Secretary Dr Kamal Gupta are its members.
The first meeting was held yesterday at Panipat which ended on a positive note with both sides. After the meeting, it was decided to make an announcement calling off the ongoing agitation in a joint press conference by Mr Ram Bilas Shrama and Yashpal Malik in Delhi. He said that has no idea why the Jat leaders stepped back from their words today as now there is information that dharnas would continue.
Now it has come to his notice that they want to hold a joint press conference along with the Chief Minister. He said that but he has not received any information from the committee of Ministers that he had to address such a press conference in Delhi today. He said that his today’s programmes were already fixed. However, he is always prepared if the jat leaders want to have a dialogue with him. Although his schedule for tomorrow is already fixed, but he will be available for meeting with Yashpal Mailk and other jat leaders tomorrow in Chandigarh orSonipat or Delhi. He said that his sole purpose is to restore and maintain peaceful atmosphere in the state. He said that the Government is keen to move forward with all sections of the society.
The Chief Minister said that both the Government’s Committee headed by the senior Minister Mr Ram Bilas Sharma and the Jat leaders had agreed to various points which were written by Minister of State for Welfare of Scheduled Castes and Backward Classes, Mr Krishan Kumar Bedi. One of these points was that after the decision of the Punjab and Haryana High Court on the issue of reservation, it would be got included in the ninth Scheduled of the Constitution. But before March 20, he would get them in-touch with a Central Minister. He said that all issues concerning Jat reservation would be re-investigated. Apart from this, the Government has no problem in re-investigating the cases of the year 2010 to 2015. The cases that are lying in the court would be decided by the court. The next of kin of those who have lost their lives in the agitation and those who got disabilities or their next of kin would be given permanent employment within 60 days. All the youth who are in jails, their issues would be re-investigated. This issue has already been discussed. Compensation to the injured is being given. This issue will be completed within 15 days. Those who became disabled during the agitation, are getting Rs two lakh, the injured are getting Rs one lakh, Rs 50,000 and Rs 25,000. Many of the injured have already received this assistance. Those officers, who would be found guilty, would be punished. This process has already been started and many officers have been suspended. Those found guilty, would invite action against themselves. The march to Delhi fixed for 20th will remain suspended. It was also mentioned that after the press conference, all the ‘Dharnas’ except 10 ‘Dharnas’, would be withdrawn. Only the members of the Executive Committee would sit on 10 ‘Dharnas’ which would end by 26th.
In reply to another question, he said that government had already given the benefit of reservation to the Jats and others, the issue for which is pending in the court. The advocate was appointed with the consent of Jat leaders to plead the case in the court. The compensation to the victims has already been given. The offer of job was also made by the government and compensation to the injured was being delivered. The cases which were pending in the court were not a part of government decision. The government can only ask the court to re-examine some cases relating to the innocents. The government would maintain law and order in the state.
State BJP Media Incharge Mr Rajiv Jain, Additional Chief Secretary Home Mr Ram Niwas, Director General of Police Dr K.P.Singh and Principal Secretary, Industries Mr Devender Singh were also present on this occasion.