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Maratha Quota Bill to be Tabled in Maharashtra Assembly; Sena, BJP Issue Whip Asking Members to be Present in House
A two-page action taken report on the State Backward Class Commission’s recommendations on Maratha quota will also be tabled.
Mumbai: Shiv Sena and the BJP have issued a whip to their members to be present in their respective Houses, legislative assembly and legislative council, on Thursday in view of the tabling of the bill related to Maratha reservation by the Maharashtra government, reported ANI.
Apart from the draft Bill, which provides for reservation to the Maratha community, a two-page action taken report (ATR) on the State Backward Class Commission’s (SBCC) recommendations on Maratha quota will also be tabled, a government source said.
Late on Wednesday, the meeting of the state Cabinet sub-committee, headed by Revenue Minister Chandrakant Patil, was held over the issue after being postponed twice in the day.
In the Legislative Council, Patil had said that the ongoing winter session may be extended, if needed, to pass the Bill. The winter session is scheduled to end on November 30.
The previous Congress-Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) coalition government had granted 16 per cent reservation to Marathas in jobs and education, but it was stayed by the Bombay High Court.
Now the Congress and the NCP have been demanding the tabling of reports of the SBCC recommending quota for Marathas and the Tata Institute of Social Sciences’ report on reservation to the Dhangar (shepherd) community.
The Cabinet sub-committee was formed last week to study the SBCC’s report on reservation for Marathas. The government had received the report on November 15 and it was placed before the Cabinet on November 18 for approval.
“The government proposes to provide reservation to Marathas under a new category, called the ‘Socially and Educationally Backward Class (SEBC)’, without disturbing the existing quotas for SCs, STs, and OBCs,” a source said.
The Maratha community, which constitutes over 30 per cent of the state’s population, has been demanding a quota for a long time and its agitation for the same in July and August this year had taken a violent turn.