Maharashtra Assembly Passes Maratha Reservation Bill, Granting 10% Quota to Community

Last Updated: February 20, 2024, 14:04 IST

The Maharashtra legislative assembly on Tuesday unanimously passed the Maratha Reservation Bill, which proposes to extend reservations to the community above the 50 per cent mark. Under the bill, the government will reportedly extend 10-12 per cent reservation to Marathas in jobs and educational institutes.

The Maharashtra State Backward Classes Commission (MSBCC)’s report and the draft bill were tabled before the one-day Special Session of the Maharashtra Legislature this afternoon, with the prime agenda of Maratha quotas.

The MSBCC, chaired by retired Justice Sunil Shukre, submitted its voluminous report examining the backwardness of the Maratha community, to Chief Minister Eknath Shinde on Friday 16.

The panel’s recent statewide survey among 2.25 crore people found that the Maratha community comprises 28 per cent of the population in the state and is backward.

It said that a large number of castes and groups are already in the reserved category with about 52 per cent quotas, so it would be unusual to place such a huge community (Marathas) with a 28 per cent presence, in the OBCs category.

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