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16% Quota for Marathas: Maharashtra Assembly Passes Bill

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The Maharashtra Legislative Assembly passed a bill granting 16 percent reservation to the Maratha Community under Socially, Educationally Backward Category today. The percentage reservation in Maharashtra has been raised to 68% which was earlier 52%. Marathas, a politically powerful community that shapes 30 percent of the state’s populace, were pronounced a retrogressive community following their long-time demand that took a violent turn this year in July and August with its members contending that the politicians had not done much for them will now be provided reserved seats for admission in educational institutions and posts in public services.

MSBCC report stated that the Maratha Class of residents has lacking portrayal in the administrations in the State and having been announced Socially, Educationally Backward Category they are qualified for reservation advantages and focal points mentioned in the Article 15 (4) (Prohibition of separation on grounds of religion, race, standing, sex or place of birth) and 16 (4) (Equality of chance in issues of open work) of the Indian Constitution.

Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis, who tabled the bill, tokk to twitter to thank all Members and all party leaders for unanimously passing #MarathaReservation bill in both the houses of Maharashtra legislature.

The Maharashtra chief minister had earlier indicated at the government’s decision to table the #MarathaReservation bill in the state assembly.

Tending a public gathering in Ahmednagar, he had said: “I request all of you to prepare to celebrate on December 1.”

The government had earlier said that the bill pertaining to Maratha quota would be introduced in the state Legislature on November 29.

Later, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis promised that the government will look into the matter. “A law was made for reservation to the community, but that was stayed on hold by Bombay High Court,” Mr Fadnavis said.

The Dhangar community too had been demanding a similar reservation, but Mr. Fadnavis said a decision would be taken after the State’s Backward Class Commission presented a report.

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