The Maharashtra government will soon bring a law to extend five percent reservation to Muslims in educational institutes, state minister for minority affairs Nawab Malik informed the Legislative Council on Friday.
Responding to a question raised by Congress MLC Sharad Ranpise, Malik said “The Bombay High Court has upheld the five per cent reservation in educational institutes given to Muslims in 2014. The government will soon bring a law to provide that benefit. The government will take appropriate decision on bringing in the law before school admissions start in June.”
In a written reply, Malik said “Bombay High Court upheld five per cent reservation in government and government-aided educational institutes. But it had stayed the reservation given in private educational institutes and government jobs.”
Under amended Socially Economically Backward Class Act, The Maharashtra government extended 16% reservation to Muslims in universities and government jobs.
Upholding the decision, The Bombay High Court reduced the quantum of the reservation from 13% to 12%. Maharashtra’s total reservation is already above 50% ceiling set by the Supreme Court in M R Balaji & Others Vs State of Mysore in 1962.