Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Thursday declared that he will stand by his promise. The Maha CM said that in less than a month the government will provide reservations to the Maratha community, in jobs and education.
“Get ready for celebrations on the 1st of December. Clearly, the state government is getting ready to provide reservations in government jobs and educational institutions to Marathas now”, the Maharashtra CM said.
The Maharashtra State Backward Class Commission had submitted its report to the state’s chief secretary DK Jain. In its report, the State Backward class commission said that the Maratha community, which comprises about 1/3rd population in the state, is socially and economically backward. It recommended 16% quota for Marathas in government jobs. Members of the panel toured Maharashtra over 15 months, met about 2 lakh members of the Maratha community and surveyed 25,000 families.
However, the reservation can further deepen the regional divide between Marathas and Kunbhi Marathas.
In June 2014, the then Congress-NCP government had announced 16% reservation for Marathas and even passed a bill in the assembly. In November the same year, the Bombay High Court stayed the decision in response to a petition.