Maharashtra Assembly Winter Session: Fadnavis government clears Maratha Reservation Bill providing 16 per cent reservation

In a relief to Maratha community, CM Fadnavis tabled the ATR on Maratha reservation proposing 16 per cent reservation for the community in jobs and education

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After a long wait and agitations, Maharashtra Assembly on Thursday unanimously passed the Maratha reservation bill providing 16 per cent reservation to the community in jobs and education. 

Earlier this day, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis introduced the bill in Maharashtra Assembly while proposing 16 per cent reservation to the community under Socially and Educationally Backward Class (SEBC) category. 

In a relief to the Maratha community, CM Fadnavis tabled the ATR on Maratha reservation after the meeting of sub-committee led by State Revenue Minister Chandrakant Patil ended on Thursday morning. The meeting was supposed to be held on Wednesday but was postponed twice. 

The reservation proposed under SEBC will be provided according to the merit and creamy layer will be exempted from the same. The proposed 16 per cent reservation will be provided to the Maratha community for jobs and education. 

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CM Fadnavis clarified that the reservation for Marathas will not affect the Other Backward Class (OBC) reservation quota. Earlier, State Backward Class Commission submitted the report on Maratha reservation to the government after studying the socio-economic status of the community suggesting 16 per cent reservation. 

Earlier on November 28, OBC leaders warned a protest against the state government in regards to the same. OBC leader Prakash Anna Shendge said that the constitutional meaning of SEBC is OBC and alleged that the state government is misleading people.

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