Mumbai: The Maharashtra government has come under pressure after the Maharashtra State Backward Class Commission pointed the socio-economic backwardness of the Maratha community. Leaders representing the Dhangar and Muslim communities have raised quota demand for the minority community. The Muslim leaders have requested Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis to grant five per cent reservation for their community in government jobs and education institution. Also Read - BMC Seals Shahid Kapoor's Gym, Reprimands Him And Owner For Using it Despite Shutdown Amid Coronavirus
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The Marathas have demanded a 16 per cent reservation for their community. However, the Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis predicted that the quota would be between 8 and 10 per cent. Also Read - Maharashtra Turmoil: 'Thackeray CM' Dream Unlikely For Sena as NCP Meets Guv Over Govt Formation | Roundup
The Dhangar (shepherd) community who are represented by the state’s ruling party BJP have also demanded the government include their community among the Scheduled Tribes. The demand has remained pending since 1980.
A report by Times of India, BJP MP Vikas Mahatme, who belong to the Dhangar community, urged the state government to take a pro-active stand and recommend the decision to the Centre. He said, “The decision to include Dhangars in the Scheduled Tribe category vests with the Centre.”Currently, the reservation for the Dhangar community is under the OBC category. However, if the community gets reservation under the Scheduled Tribe category, they will enjoy comparatively higher benefits in terms of social welfare schemes, education, and government jobs.
According to a report by India Today, the Marathas were termed as a backward community only after they fulfilled all the 25 parameters laid down by the commission to determine the socio-economic background of the community. The committee had also surveyed around 43,000 Maratha families to obtain details of their educational, financial and social status. Apart from this, the commission also studied the two lakh memorandums that it received from the public hearings.