State Backward Class Commission Recommends Quota For Maratha Community For Being SEBC, Govt May Propose 10% Quota Above 50% Limit In Special Session On Feb 20

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The Maharashtra State Backward Class Commission (MSBCC) chaired by Justice (retired) Sunil Shukre, in its report, has reportedly recommended that the Maratha Community is Socially and Educationally Backward Class (SEBC) being inadequately represented in public services and, therefore, entitled to reservation under Article 15 (4) and 16 (4) of the Constitution of India in government jobs and education. The Commission, which submitted its report based on the survey conducted across the state to check the backwardness of the Maratha community on Friday, submitted its report to Chief Minister Eknath Shinde, who was accompanied by his deputy Devendra Fadnavis.

The report submitted today will be presented in the state cabinet meeting. The Commission has not suggested the percentage of the reservation, leaving it to the government and the legislature to decide while passing the legislation during the special session slated for February 20. The Commission submitted its report when the pro-Maratha activist Manoj Jarange Patil was on a fast unto death to demand the implementation of the promises made to him by Chief Minister Eknath Shinde when he called off his march to Mumbai on January 26.

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