State Govt succumbs, agrees to review controversial LRD circular

The circular had sparked off intense protests for over two months.

Gandhinagar: Bowing to intense pressure, the Gujarat Government announced on Tuesday that it will make necessary amendments to its two-year-old controversial circular which ignited widespread cries of injustice to the OBC, SC and ST communities in reservation quota in recruitment of women in the Lok Rakshak Dal (LRD).

More than 40 women of reserved communities have been sitting on a dharna and undertaking fasts for over two months at the Satyagrah Chhavni in Gandhinagar against the circular.

Minister of State for Home Pradipsinh Jadeja announced that the government would make necessary changes in its circular to ensure that the Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and OBC communities would be done no injustice while also taking care of unreserved candidates.

He said the decision has been taken by Chief Minister Vijay Rupani during a meeting, which was also attended by Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel and other ministers.

BJP leader Alpesh Thakor, who was also present in the meeting, said he welcomed the decision of the government which would clear the misunderstanding on the issue. He claimed that the corrections would be done this week.

It is to be noted that the circular of the General Administrative Department (GAD) issued on August 1, 2018, had made certain provisions for filling up the reserved seats in LRD recruitments.

Meanwhile, Gujarat Congress President Amit Chavda said the Chief Minister and Deputy Chief Minister should clarify as to what was wrong with the circular. He demanded that the old circular should be cancelled forthwith and then a new one be issued. Congress had announced to start a 72-hour fast on the issue.

Senior ministers, including Kunwarji Bavaliya and Dilip Thakor even to the spot of the protests to pacify the protestors and appeal them to end their fast. Alpesh Thakor was also there. But the protesters were not convinced and had demanded a written order by the State Government to cancel their fast.