The demand for reservation for Jats in Haryana, too emanated from Haryana but its beneficiary wont be just the Jats of Haryana. A significant population of Jats lives in Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat.
The community has been the traditionally engaged in agriculture. Any other form organized employment has been in defense services. Post Green Revolution era changed the fortunes of Jats living in Eastern Haryana and Western UP. All the Jats didn’t get benefit from it. Major portion of Haryana still lies in Dryland area agriculture belt of India and even the areas where Jats are in states like MP and Rajasthan and Gujarat are semi-arid areas.
Thus a significant proportion of Jat community is engaged in subsistence farming or vying for Government job other than Army services. Doing the latter is a path fraught with myriad of issues.
The Jat agitation movement has caused loss to public and private property, halting trade, industry and small business and transport.
There are numerous manufacturing companies in the region. In addition there are more than 80,000 small-scale industrial units in the state which cumulatively bring in a substantial income for the state and its people. It all started when Jats were seen as a vote bank and were given reservation by Haryana government knowing well that Supreme Court will strike it down. The violent agitation in Haryana was looked like a politically motivated movement.