Centre sets up panel on Jat quota demand

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Bowing to pressure from the agitating Jat community in Haryana, the Centre late on Sunday evening announced the setting up of a committee under senior Union minister M. Venkaiah Naidu to examine the demand for quotas for Jats in Central government jobs, while fresh incidents of arson and violence left two more dead, taking the toll in the eight-day-long protests to 12. A late-night statement by Union home minister Rajnath Singh said a committee headed by Mr Venkaiah Naidu had been formed to look into the demand for reservations in Central jobs for Jats. A bill is also expected to be brought in the coming session of the Haryana Assembly to give OBC status to Jats in the state.