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Maharashtra govt to decide on Maratha quota after 20 June: Rane

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Mumbai: The Congress-NCP (Nationalist Congress Party) alliance government in Maharashtra will likely announce its decision on the proposal of a cabinet sub-committee for 20% reservation for Marathas in government jobs and educational institutions, after 20 June.

Industry minister Narayan Rane, who heads the state government’s special committee to study the socio-economic conditions of the Maratha community, made the announcement to the legislative council on Friday.

The minister was replying to a discussion on the issue in the Upper House. Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) member of the legislative council Ashish Shelar said the government should not wait further and make an announcement in the ongoing legislature session itself.

20 June is the date when the code of conduct for legislative council polls, in force in many parts of the state, ends.

The impending announcement of a quota for Marathas has drawn criticism from members of other backward castes (OBCs), who believe that the dominant community would take away the reservations meant for the weaker sections.

However, Maratha leaders insist that a majority of the community’s members are socially and economically backward, and so they require affirmative action in jobs and education and not politics.

Reservations already exist among OBCs for a section of the Maratha community, known as Kunbis, who are largely agriculturists and constitute 31.5% of the population. They have a large presence in the Vidarbha and Konkan regions of the state.

Today, a total 356 backward castes get 19% reservation, 51 scheduled castes and tribes get 11% and 11 other castes in the special backward category get 2%.

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