Former Punjab Chief Minister and senior Congress leader Amarinder Singh on Monday sought reservations in jobs under the Other Backward Classes quota for Jats “to enable the community to improve its social, educational and economic status”.

Addressing his first press conference here after taking over as president of the All-India Jat Maha Sabha in May, Mr. Singh said there will be a national convention on July 5 in New Delhi which is expected to be addressed by several political leaders of eminence.

Pledging their opposition to social evils like female foeticide, dowry system, offences against women, alcoholism and drug abuse, the Maha Sabha justified their demand for OBC reservation in jobs saying that not all Jats are prosperous. “In several states a large number of them are economically poor and socially and economically backward. Due to shrinking land holdings, a large number of community members are forced to seek employment outside”.

The demand is for reservations only for those who need it and not for the creamy layer, Mr. Singh added.

Seven States have already included Jats in OBC reservation list, whereas Haryana has given a special 10 per cent reservation to five communities - over and above the mandatory 27.5 per cent - including the Jats, said Maha Sabha general secretary Yudhvir Singh.

Among those who attended the press conference were Congress spokesperson Renuka Choudhury and Bhartiya Kisan Union leader Rakesh Tikait.

  • Jat Maha Sabha national convention on July 5

  • Opposes social evils like foeticide, dowry