Forms advisory panel comprising three retired judges & task force of leading lawyers to assist govt on Maratha reservation issue
As the pro-Maratha reservation agitation is becoming violent within the spate of stone pelting and damaging properties especially of the elected representatives in various parts of Maharashtra, the Chief Minister Eknath Shinde urged the agitators to remain peaceful in order to maintain law and order situation. At the same time, in a serious bid to pacify the agitators especially Manoj Jarange-Patil, who is on an indefinite fast in Jalna district, Shinde after attending the meeting of the Justice Sandeep Shinde committee, said that the state government is committed to restore the Maratha reservation which will past the legal scrutiny.
Shinde said that the state cabinet at its meeting slated for Tuesday will accept the first report on the Justice Shinde committee which was formed to decide the methodology to issue Kunbi certificates to the Marathi community members. ‘’The Shinde Committee has so far checked 1,73,70,659 records and 11,530 Kunti caste records. While checking the old records of Marathwada, the work is going on to translate the Urdu and Modi script documents into Marathi,’’ he noted. ‘’Scanning and translation of Urdu and Modi script documents will be done while checking the old records of Marathwada. All Collectors, District Magistrates and Tehsildars will be instructed to speedily verify the documents required for issuing the Kunbi certificate,’’he noted.
Shinde said that the state government has formed an advisory board comprising various retired Judges to look into the matter. “We have formed an advisory board on the subject of Maratha reservation under the leadership of retired Justice Bhosle, retired Justice Gaikwad and retired Justice Shinde. This advisory board will give suggestions to the government in the matter related to keeping Marathas in the Supreme Court as to what can be done regarding Maratha reservation. Simultaneously, the government will also collect empirical data with the help of the Backward Classes Commission in the entire state. So that we can tell the Supreme Court in the curative petition that is pending that how backward the Maratha community is.”
He further announced that a task force comprising senior legal counsels has also been established to assist the state government during the ongoing legal battle with regard to Maratha reservation. He hoped that the Supreme Court would hear the state government’s curative petition.
Shinde said that Manoj Jarange Patil, whose indigent fast entered sixth day today, should come forward for discussion and also should not leave the path of peace during the agitation. ‘’In this context, Jalna Collector and Superintendent of Police have been instructed to organize the meeting on Tuesday after the state cabinet meeting in coordination with the representatives of Jarange,’’he added.
Taking a serious note of the spate violence especially after the house of NCP (Ajit Pawar) legislator Prakash Solanke was put on fire by pro-Maratha activists, Shinde yet again urged to maintain peace and help the state government to maintain law and order.
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