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Maratha Reservation: Maharashtra government files plea seeking vacation of SC's stay order

Ashok Chavan, who handles the cabinet sub-committee appointed by the Maharashtra government to tackle the issue of Maratha reservation, informed that they have filed an application seeking lift on the stay order on quota for Maratha community.

Maratha Reservation: Maharashtra government files plea seeking vacation of SC's stay order
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The Maharashtra government has filed an application in the Supreme Court seeking a vacation of the interim stay order on the implementation of Maratha reservation. The Uddhav Thackeray government has demanded the apex court to lift the stay order on Maratha reservation saying that it was unjust. 

Ashok Chavan, who handles the cabinet sub-committee appointed by the Maharashtra government to tackle the issue of Maratha reservation, informed that they have filed an application seeking lift on the stay order on quota for Maratha community. 

Chavan, Maharashtra Public Works Department (PWD) Minister, said that the Chief Minister will make a statement in this regard soon. The move to file the request plea comes after a meeting was held at Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray’s official residence ‘Varsha’ to discuss the way forward in the matter. 

The Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government dropped the alternative to bring an ordinance. Chavan met Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar on Monday and apprised him about filing an application in the Supreme Court. 

Earlier, Pawar had suggested that Maharashtra government pass an ordinance to safeguard the quota for the Maratha community in government jobs and education. 

Recently, the Supreme Court stayed the implementation of Maratha reservation law which granted quota in jobs and education for candidates belonging to the Maratha community in Maharashtra. Meanwhile, the issue of the validity of 16 per cent reservation for the Maratha community under Socially and Educationally Backward Classes (SEBC) Act of 2018 has been referred to a larger bench.

On November 30, 2018, the Maharashtra legislative assembly passed the Maratha reservation bill providing 16 per cent reservation to Maratha community in education and government jobs under SEBC category. 

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