Mumbai, Nov 29: The Maharashtra Legislature on Thursday unanimously passed a Bill giving 16 per cent reservations to the Maratha community in jobs and education.
Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis tabled the Action Taken Report in the state assembly and said that the government proposed to give 16 per cent quotas to the Marathas under a new Social and Economically Backward Class (SEBC) category.
Following this, the Bill was passed unanimously without any discussion.
The chief minister further stated the relevant formalities for implementing the reservations would be done before the model code of conduct for the upcoming crucial 2019 Lok Sabha elections was enforced.
But for Dhangar reservation, we’ve not completed the report, a sub committee is appointed and soon a report and the ATR will be tabled in this house”, he added.
Since the Maratha reservations come under a new SEBC category, they will not have any affect on existing quotas for Scheduled Castes, Schedules Tribes and Other Backward Classes (SC/ST/OBCs).
The State Backward Classes Commission (SBCC) had submitted its report to the state government on November 15, recommending 16 per cent quotas for the politically influential community under the SEBC category, without disturbing other existing quotas.
As per ATR the Marathas comprise a socially and economically backward class who are without adequate reservations in education and government jobs.
Accordingly, they are entitled to the quota benefits enshrined in the Articles 15(4) and 16(4) of the Constitution and the government could initiate suitable measures to address the issues.
Various Maratha organisations had staged protest across the state for nearly two years, including agitations in July-August which had turned violent over various demands, including reservation