Maharashtra govt approves 16% quota for Marathas, 5% for Muslims in jobs and education
Maharashtra government gave its nod to 16% reservation for Maratha community and 5% reservation for 50 backward Muslim communities in jobs and education in the state.
The move, which comes ahead of the Assembly elections in the state, will benefit nearly 43% of the state’s population — Marathas make up nearly 32% and Muslims constitute 10.6% of the state’s population. Now, the total reservation in the state has increased to 73%.
The Cabinet also gave nod for creating a new category called ‘Economically and Socially Backward Category (ESBS)’ under which Marathas will be given reservation.
The reservations, however, will not be applicable to the creamy layer of the society.
The government took into account the report of Narayan Rane Committee to clear the reservation proposal for the Maratha community in which the committee had collected empirical data to prove the backwardness of Marathas.