Maharashtra panel recommends 16 per cent reservation for Marathas


Mumbai: A 16 per cent reservation has been recommended to Marathas by the Maharashtra State Backward Class Commission. Reports said the quota will be over and above the current 52% reservation currently in force in the state.

Retired Justice MD Gaikwad who headed the Commission has taken note that Marathas comprise 30 per cent of the population of the state and the community fits all the 25 criteria of backwardness.

Commission’s secretary has submitted a report to Maharashtra Chief Secretary DK Jain on Thursday and the government will take a fortnight to complete the constitutional process on the matter, sources added.

The Devendra Fadnavis government in all likelihood may pass the reservation bill, sources said.

The state assembly in 2014 had passed a bill to grant quota to the community. The commission has been touring several parts of the state to hear the grievances of the community. A survey of 25,000 families was conducted during the period, sources said.

The data and grievances inputs were closely examined to prepare a database for reference by the commission, sources added.

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