The Maharashtra Assembly Thursday unanimously passed a legislation providing 16 percent reservation to the Maratha community under the socially and educationally backward category. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis had seeks the Bill along with an Action Taken Report (ATR) on Maharashtra State Backward Class Commission’s (MSBCC) recommendations in the Assembly.
With the approval of the quota, reservations in the state have surpassed the 50 percent ceiling established by the Supreme Court for state governments and the Centre. Currently, the total reservations in the state are 52 percent. The 16 percent reservation approved for the Marathas will take the number to 68 percent.
The main recommendations of the MSBCC which justified the reservation to Maratha community are as follows:
The Maratha Class of citizens has inadequate representation in the services under the State and having been declared socially and educationally backward class of citizens, they are entitled to reservation plus point and advantages enshrined in the Article 15 (4) (Prohibition of discrimination on grounds of religion, race, caste, sex or place of birth) and 16 (4) (Equality of opportunity in matters of public employment) of the Indian Constitution.
The Marathas constitute 30 percent of the state population.