Maharashtra govt presents Maratha reservation bill in assembly, proposes 16% quota under SEB category

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New Delhi | Updated: November 29, 2018 1:50:41 PM

CM Fadnavis had said on Tuesday that the government will provide reservation "Over And Above Existing 52%"

Maratha community makes up for over 30 percent of the state’s population (file image)

The Maharashtra government today proposed 16 percent reservation for the Maratha community under a new category , naming it as ‘Socially and Educationally Backward’ category.

However, the report for Dhangar reservation is yet to be completed but a sub-committee has been appointed and soon a report and Action Taken Report (ATR) will be tabled in this house, the Chief Minister said in the state assembly on Thursday.

The previous government in Maharashtra – the coalition Congress-Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) – too had proposed 16 percent reservation to Marathas in jobs and education, however, it was stayed by the Bombay High Court.

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The opposition is demanding the proposal of reports of the SBCC recommendations on quota for Marathas along with the Tata Institute of Social Sciences’ report on reservation being offered to the Dhangar (shepherd) community; they have been demanding for reservation under the Scheduled Tribe (ST) category.

Besides this, Action Taken Report (ATR) on State Backward Class Commission’s (SBCC)’s for Maratha quota will also be tabled, reports said.

The Maratha community accounts for over 30 percent of the state’s population and has been demanding quota for quite some time now; their protests had turned violent in July and August this year.

The government aims to provide reservations to Marathas under a new category so that the existing quotas for Scheduled Castes (SCs), Scheduled Tribes (STs) and Other Backward Classes (OBCs) are not disturbed, reports say.

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