Maharashtra approved 16% Reservation to Maratha Community

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19 NOV 2018 ,Mumbai: Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis on Sunday said that the state government will give 16% quota to Marathas as a Social and Educationally Backward Class, following the Tamil Nadu model.

If this model is implemented Maharashtra will be offering 68% quota in education and government jobs to benefit Scheduled Castes (SC), Scheduled Tribes (ST), Other Backward Classes (OBCs), other minor social groups, and the Marathas.

CM Fadnavis said that this was based on the recommendation of State Commission for the Backward Classes, which submitted a favourable report on the Maratha community’s demand on 15 November. The report of the commission says that Maratha community is socially and economically backward. Calling it an extraordinary situation.

CM also assured that this will be done as per the provisions of the constitution. Adding to it he said that Maratha community accounts for about 32-35% of the state’s population, will be given reservation without disturbing the existing quota allocated to the OBCs and SC/STs. And that the final decision on Maratha quota will be taken by the end of the two-week-long winter session. A sub-committee of the ministry has been formed to study the Commission’s report in detail.

The Tamil Nadu model offers a total 69% of reservation to several backward and specially backward castes and classes. Its case is still pending in the apex court as Supreme Court had put a ceiling of 50% on quotas.

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