Mumbai, 20th January 2024: Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde has issued directives for the swift initiation of a comprehensive survey by the State Commission for Backward Classes to assess the social, economic, and educational backwardness of the Maratha community. The survey, set to commence on a war footing from January 23, aims to ensure accurate and timely data collection with the highest priority.
During a video-conferencing meeting at Varsha residence today, CM Shinde addressed Divisional Commissioners, District Collectors, and Municipal Commissioners from across the state. Retired judges Dilip Bhosle, Maroti Gaikwad, Sandeep Shinde, and other key officials were present at the meeting, which primarily focused on the Maratha reservation.
CM Shinde emphasized the need for meticulous planning and execution of the survey, urging officials to disseminate information in villages through notice boards and various channels. The Backward Classes Commission will conduct the survey from January 23 to January 31, encompassing approximately two and a half crore families in the state, covering both Maratha and non-Maratha open categories. Reputed institutes such as Gokhale Institute and IIPS will collaborate on the survey.
Appealing for a collective effort, CM Shinde stated, “The state government is determined to secure a lasting reservation for the Maratha community within the legal framework, and the administration should actively participate in this crucial task with a social spirit.”
Key instructions from the Chief Minister include conducting the survey in three shifts, spreading awareness at the village level, and ensuring daily reporting by Tehsildars and relevant officials. A 24-hour call center will be established to address queries and concerns during the survey period.
Chief Minister Shinde highlighted the importance of accurate genealogy matching and directed the formation of a committee, chaired by Tehsildars, to address Kunbi records promptly. The committee will include language experts and officials from competent organizations.
Since the initiation of the survey, 147 thousand Kunbi registration certificates have been distributed, with special emphasis on returning documents found during the process. Sumant Bhange, Secretary of the General Administration Department, provided updates on the progress made by the Justice Sandeep Shinde Committee, indicating successful meetings in Latur, Marathwada.