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Maharashtra Assembly Passes Bill Granting 16% Reservation For Marathas

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| November 29 , 2018 , 15:21 IST

The Maharashtra Assembly on Thursday submitted to a decades-long demand for a Maratha quota in the state and unanimously passed a legislation granting the community 16 per cent reservation in government jobs and educational institutes.

The bill was passed in the Lower House of the Assembly and has been sent to the Upper House for approval.

Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis had tabled the Bill along with an Action Taken Report (ATR) on Maharashtra State Backward Class Commission’s (MSBCC) recommendations in the Assembly.

On 18 November, the Devendra Fadnavis-led government had approved the recommendation for Maratha reservation, including a quota for women in education and employment.

The state government had received the State Backward Class Commission (SBCC) report on November 15, which had suggested a 16 per cent reservation for the "socially and economically backwards" community.0

The report also noted that the 16 per cent reservation for Marathas has to be provided without touching the existing quota reserved for Other Backward Classes.

The government presented the report before the state Cabinet on November 18, which approved it and formed a sub-committee to proceed further.

With the approval of the quota, reservations in the state have surpassed the 50 per cent ceiling set by the Supreme Court for state governments and the Centre.

At present, the total reservations in the state are 52 per cent. The 16 per cent reservation approved for the Marathas will take the number to 68 per cent.

The Maratha community, which constitutes over 30 per cent of the state's population, has been demanding reservation in government jobs and education for a long time. A cabinet sub-committee chaired by Patil has been holding marathon meetings to prepare the draft bill.

The community's agitation for the same in July and August this year had taken a violent turn. Groups of Maratha youths had taken out rallies, forced shops to down their shutters and vandalised public transport services.