The Maharashtra Assembly has unanimously passed a legislation on Thursday, approving 16 percent reservation to the Maratha community under the socially and educationally backward category in jobs and education.

Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis who had tabled the bill thanked the assembly for supporting the bill. Along with this, an Action Taken Report (ATR), consisting of Maharashtra State Backward Class Commission’s (MSBCC) recommendations was also tabled in the assembly.

This legislation results in the state surpassing the 50 percent ceiling provision allowed by the Supreme Court for state governments and the Centre. The total reservations in the state at present stands at 52 per cent. The 16 per cent reservation approved for the Marathas has taken it up to 68 percent.

These are the recommendations of the MSBCC which justified the reservation to Maratha community:

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 benefits 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

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