MUMBAI: The Devendra Fadnavis-led government in Maharashtra passed the Maratha Reservation bill for Maratha community will get reservations in jobs and education, months after massive protests by members of the community. Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis announced today following the recommendations of a special panel that said Marathas are socially and educationally backward.
Fadnavis said Maharashtra government would follow the Tamil Nadu model to give 16% quota to Marathas as a “social and educationally backward class”—taking the total percentage of reservations in the state to 68%. The government has taken the decision to create the new category for Marathas citing ‘extraordinary circumstance’ so that rights of neither Other Backward Classes (OBCs) nor Marathas are affected, sources said.
This, however, is far beyond the 50 per cent limit set by the Supreme Court for states. The Maharashtra Assembly is set to meet for the two-week Winter Session in Mumbai starting November 19.