Jat agitation continues despite High Court orders

In the wake of Supreme Court's directive to the governments of Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and Haryana to ensure that the supply of water and other essential commodities to Delhi is not affected, the Central Government has called a meeting of top civil and police officers of the three states tomorrow to discuss ways to deal with the Jat agitation, demanding a quota for their community in government jobs. According to reports, Union Home Secretary G K Pillai will review the law and order situation of the three states with the Chief Secretaries and Director General of Police (DGPs). Pillai will take stock of the security situation, including the needs of the state, and chalk out plans so that train and road traffic and the flow of essential commodities are not disrupted by the Jat agitation.
The Supreme Court had on Thursday offered a pointed critique of the 'support' being given by the Chief Ministers of Haryana and Uttar Pradesh to the Jat agitation. The apex court also ordered the governments of Rajasthan, UP and Haryana to ensure that the supply of water and other essential commodities to Delhi is not affected. The Punjab and Haryana High Court had also asked the Haryana Government to explain why Jat protesters, who have planted themselves on tracks linked to nearly 15 key train routes have not been removed. Jat leaders earlier held talks with Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram and Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Mukul Wasnik to find a solution to their jobs reservation demand and also for selection of students in educational institutes. But there have been no amicable solution so far.

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