Maratha quota Bill to be tabled in Maharashtra Assembly today; ATR report on Backward Class Commission's recommendations to be presented

The much-awaited draft Bill which provides for reservation to the Maratha community will be tabled for passage in the Maharashtra Legislature on Thursday.

Press Trust of India November 29, 2018 13:36:34 IST
Maratha quota Bill to be tabled in Maharashtra Assembly today; ATR report on Backward Class Commission's recommendations to be presented

Mumbai: The much-awaited draft Bill which provides for reservation to the Maratha community will be tabled for passage in the Maharashtra Legislature on Thursday. A two-page Action Taken Report (ATR) on the State Backward Class Commission's (SBCC) recommendations on Maratha quota will also be tabled along with the Bill, a government source said.

The meeting of the state Cabinet sub-committee, headed by revenue minister Chandrakant Patil, over the issue was held late Wednesday evening after being postponed twice in the day. Patil had said in the Legislative Council on Wednesday that the ongoing Winter session of the state Legislature may be extended, if needed, to pass the Bill which provides for reservation to the Maratha community.

Maratha quota Bill to be tabled in Maharashtra Assembly today ATR report on Backward Class Commissions recommendations to be presented

File image of Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis. PTI

According to the current schedule, the Winter session, which began in Mumbai on 19 November, will conclude on 30 November. The previous Congress-Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) coalition government had granted 16 per cent reservation to Marathas in jobs and education, but it was stayed by the Bombay High Court. The Opposition Congress and the NCP have been demanding to table of reports of the SBCC recommending quota for Marathas and the Tata Institute of Social Sciences' (TISS) report on the reservation to the Dhangar (shepherd) community. The Dhangar community has been pressing for reservation under the Scheduled Tribe (ST) category.

The Cabinet sub-committee was formed last week to study the SBCC's report on reservation for Marathas in government jobs and education and take a decision on it. The government had received the report on 15 November and it was placed before the Cabinet on 18 November for approval. "The government proposes to provide reservation to Marathas under a new category, called the 'Socially and Educationally Backward Class (SEBC)', without disturbing the existing quotas for Scheduled Castes (SCs), Scheduled Tribes (STs) and Other Backward Classes (OBCs)," the source said. The Maratha community, which constitutes over 30 percent of the state's population, has been demanding a quota for a long time and its agitation for the same in July and August 2018 had taken a violent turn.

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