Ma­ha­rash­tra passes 16% quota for Marathas

The Gulf Today - - ASIA -

MUM­BAI: The Ma­ha­rash­tra Leg­is­la­ture on Thurs­day unan­i­mously passed a Bill grant­ing 16 per cent reser­va­tions to the po­lit­i­cally in­flu­en­tial Maratha com­mu­nity de­mand­ing quo­tas in ed­u­ca­tion and jobs amidst slo­gans of “Ch­ha­tra­p­ati Shivaji Ma­haraj ki Jai.”

The Ac­tion Taken Re­port tabled in the leg­is­la­ture ear­lier by Chief Min­is­ter Deven­dra Fadnavis said the gov­ern­ment pro­posed to give 16 per cent reser­va­tions to the Marathas un­der a new So­cial and Eco­nom­i­cally Back­ward Class (SEBC) cat­e­gory.

The Bill was passed unan­i­mously with­out any dis­cus­sion, mark­ing a ma­jor po­lit­i­cal achieve­ment in an elec­tion year.

Fadnavis said that the rel­e­vant for­mal­i­ties for im­ple­ment­ing the quo­tas would be com­pleted be­fore the model code of con­duct for the up­com­ing 2019 Lok Sabha elec­tions was en­forced.

How­ever, the re­port on quo­tas for the Dhangar com­mu­nity was yet to be com­pleted for which a sub-com­mit­tee has been ap­pointed and its ATR would be tabled in the leg­is­la­ture soon, he added.

Top lead­ers of Congress, Na­tion­al­ist Congress Party and other po­lit­i­cal par­ties greeted the de­vel­op­ment terming it as “a his­toric day for the Marathas” who com­prise nearly 30 per cent of the state’s pop­u­la­tion.

Maratha lead­ers and ac­tivists who have been hold­ing protests at the Azad Maidan wel­comed the pas­sage of the Bill and raised slo­gans of Shivaji and “Jai Marathas” as they sang and danced and also dis­trib­uted sweets.

Leader of op­po­si­tion in the Assem­bly Rad­hakr­ishna Vikhe-patil and Leader of Op­po­si­tion in the Coun­cil Dhanan­jay Munde wel­comed the de­vel­op­ments terming them as “a tri­umph for the Maratha com­mu­nity.”

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