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Govt to give EWS reservation benefits to Marathi SEBC candidates: Ashok Chavan

Chavan also said that Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray had suggested in the cabinet meeting that other departments like the energy department should also issue orders in connection with this ruling.

Govt to give EWS reservation benefits to Marathi SEBC candidates: Ashok Chavan
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In a big relief for Marathas, the Maharashtra government may allow those candidates from the socially and educationally backward classes (SEBC) category to avail of the benefits of reservation under the economically weaker section (EWS) for recruitment in all state departments.

Congress minister and chairman of the cabinet sub-committee on Maratha reservation Ashok Chavan raised the issue in the state cabinet on Wednesday, February 10. Chavan said the energy department has issued a circular, allowing the SEBC candidates to apply under the EWS for recruitment in its departments. He also stated that the government was positive about applying the same decision to all other departments.

Chavan also said that Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray had suggested in the cabinet meeting that other departments like the energy department should also issue orders in connection with this ruling.

A circular issued by the energy department stated that Maratha candidates can apply, willingly, under the EWS quota, which is 10 per cent.

Candidates from the Maratha community, who are also eligible for EWS and fulfil the income criteria, can seek benefit under the quota. The government has instructed all district administrations to set up special cells to initiate drives to issue EWS certificates.

Energy minister Nitin Raut said the decision allowing the benefit for SEBC candidate in recruitment will be subject to the SC final verdict on SEBC reservation. The SC had stayed the SEBC quota in education and jobs in an interim order in September.

According to the Supreme Court’s interim order, SEBC candidates in the recruitment process who were in the final stage were given the benefit of EWS voluntarily.

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