The Maharashtra government, on Tuesday, announced that it is contemplating over reserving Maratha quota in the public sector job and admission in education sector, without disturbing the current reservation quota of 52% for other backward class community in the state. The Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Devendra Fadnavis, expressed his government’s stand on the issue in the Vidhan Sabha on Tuesday. “Without disturbing 52 percent reservation we have for the state’s OBCs, SCs and STs, we will give reservation to the Maratha community. Our government is committed to this,” Fadnavis said in the Vidhan Sabha during the uproar in the Vidhan Sabha by the opposition parties, quoted ANI. The opposition parties’ representatives present in the Vidhan Sabha created an uproar over the reservation to the Marathas but not to Muslims in the education sector. “The opposition is dividing the people and they are doing politics on the reservation. They are talking about muslim reservation for the sake of vote bank politics,” Fadnavis replied to the opposition parties, quoted the news agency.
The Chief Minister of Maharashtra, while talking about the Maratha Reservation Bill, lashed out at the opposition for their upheaval over the issue in the Vidhan Sabha. He asked the opposition parties if the previous government had introduced any scholarship programme for the Muslim students. The bill that the Maharashtra government is introducing is in-line with the recommendations of Maharashtra State Backward Class Commission. The bill will be introduced after tabling the Action Taken Report (ATR) which are based on the recommendations by the Maharashtra State Backward Class Commission. The Maratha reservation bill will be introduced for the Maratha community under the Socially and Educationally Backward Class (SEBC) category before the winter session of the legislation ends.
The demand for reservation of Maratha quota stirred in 2017 and since then many state wide agitations and protests have been carried out by the Maratha Kranti Morcha. The Chief Minister had promised for his consideration to the demand of reservation and to take the decision soon. A cabinet sub-committe was formed on the issue and it was headed by the state’s Revenue Minister, Chandrakant Patil, who has told reporters that the bill will be introduced in the Vidhan Sabha on Thursday.
(With inputs from ANI & PTI)