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Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Thursday gave a green signal to Maratha reservation in the state at a rally in Ahmednagar.
Fadnavis said, “We have received a report on Maratha reservation from Backwards Commission. I request all of you to prepare to celebrate on December 1.”
We have received report on Maratha reservation from Backwards Commission. I request all of you to prepare to celebrate on December 1: Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis at a rally in Ahmednagar pic.twitter.com/MxsJ4zYf9B— ANI (@ANI) November 15, 2018
According to sources, in the submitted report, the Maharashtra State Backward Class Commission wrote to State Chief Secretary DK Jain, in which it explained the social and economic conditions of the Maratha community in the state.
In the report, the commission demanded reservation in government jobs and educational institutions without disturbing the quota granted to Other Backwards Class (OBC).
In order to prepare the report, the commission went through 2 lakh memorandums submitted to it consisting surveys of about 45,000 families, empirical data on the social, financial and educational conditions of the Maratha community.
"The commission went through old historical records, old verdicts, studied constitutional provision, writings by noted anthropologist, sociologist Irawati Karve and several organisations like Pune's Gokhale Institute of Politics and Economics and others," the source was quoted as saying.
At least 31 percent of people living in Maharashtra are Marathi and in the 288 Member of Legislative Assembly (MLAs) of Maharashtra, 114 members belong to the Maratha community.
It has been the main demand of the Maratha Community to avail reservation in the state.