The Maharashtra govt has accepted the State Backward Class Commission’s report and agreed to grant reservation in jobs and educational institutions, to the Martha community.
The chief minister Devendra Fadnavis who made the announcement said, the Marathas will be called “Socially and Educationally Backward Class” (SEBC) as per the Commission’s recommendation.
On question if the new reservation will cause crossing 50 percent ceiling set by Supreme Court, Fadnavis said the Commission has described the condition of Maratha community as “extraordinary and exceptional”.
“Even though the case of Tamil Nadu, where reservation has crossed 50 per cent mark, is pending in the apex court, it has not been struck down. We are confident of extending reservation to Marathas,” he said.
The community held demonstrations off and on, for its long-standing demand of quota in jobs and education.
The Commission in its findings cited that the Marathas that makes up 30 percent of the state’s population has only a minuscule representation in govt and semi-govt services.
Incidentally, the state does not need Centre’s nod for granting quota.