The current reservation in Maharashtra is 52%. With the additional 16% Maratha reservation, the quota will go up to 68%.
Mumbai| The Bombay High Court on has decided to hear the petition on Maratha reservation on November 21. The High Court has also sought the response of the state government on the petition along with the state backward commission report.
Last week, on November 15, the Maharashtra State Backward Class Commission had come up with the recommendation on the Marath Reservation issue. Following the months of surveying, the panel suggested a 16% reservation to the electorally strong community. The current reservation in the state of Maharashtra is 52%. With the additional 16% reservation to Marathas, the quota will go up to 68%.
The commission secretary submitted the report to Maharashtra Chief Secretary DK Jain on Thursday. The commission noted that the Marathas are socially and economically backward. The current condition of Marathas fitted all the 25 criteria of backwardness. The Maratha community is an electorally strong community, however, economic disparity between the community is also wider.
While recommending 16% reservation to the Maratha community, the panel noted that the present reservation granted to the OBCs cannot be changed.
The Maharashtra government has already approved the Maratha reservation at 16%. Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Sunday said the state government will follow the Tamil Nadu model of granting reservation. The bill will now be tabled in the winter session of the Maharashtra assembly starting today.