Maharashtra Assembly unanimously clears Maratha quota bill for PG medical courses

The provision of Maratha reservation bill to provide 16 per cent reservation in jobs and education will be applicable for admission in post-graduate medical courses

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After enacting an ordinance to provide Maratha reservation in higher studies in the medical field earlier, Maharashtra Legislative Assembly on Thursday unanimously passed a bill for the same in its ongoing Monsoon session in Mumbai.   

The Maharashtra government had earlier brought out an ordinance to overrule Supreme Court’s decision to cancel Maratha reservation in higher medical studies.        

This happened after students from open category moved to Bombay High Court opposing the provisions of Maratha reservation bill which allowed 16 per cent reservation to Maratha students in postgraduate medical courses.    

In May 2018, the Nagpur bench of Bombay HC had scrapped Maratha reservation in higher medical studies and the Supreme Court upheld the decision carried out by Bombay HC. 

Earlier, during the winter session of Maharashtra Legislature, the Maratha reservation bill was passed on November 29 providing 16 per cent reservation to the Maratha community under newly formed category Socially and Economically Backward Classes (SEBC). 

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However, the admission process for the post-graduate medical courses started on November 2 due to which the students from general category opposed the implementation of Maratha reservation.  

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