IN PHOTOS: Maharashtra CM Shinde, other leaders celebrate after assembly passes reservation bill for Marathas

Maharashtra CM Eknath Shinde along with Devendra Fadnavis and other leaders was seen celebrating after the state legislative assembly on Tuesday unanimously passed a bill providing 10 per cent reservation for the Maratha community. Pics/Atul Kamble

Updated On: 2024-02-20 06:04 PM IST

Compiled by : Asif Ali Sayed

CM Eknath Shinde tabled the Maharashtra State Socially and Educationally Backward Bill 2024 in the House during the day-long special session of the legislature on Maratha quota. Pics/Atul Kamble

The bill also proposed that once the reservation comes into effect, its review could be taken after 10 years

Maratha quota activist Manoj Jarange, who is sitting on a hunger strike since February 10, had demanded that a special session be called over the issue

The government recently issued a draft notification which said if a Maratha person has documentary proof to show that he or she belongs to the agrarian Kunbi community, the person's 'sage soyre' or blood relatives too would get Kunbi caste certificates

The Kunbi community falls in the Other Backward Classes (OBCs) category, and Jarange has been demanding that Kunbi certificates be issued to all Marathas

Maharashtra cabinet minister Chhagan Bhujbal has been opposing the "backdoor entry" of Marathas into the OBC quota, but is in favour of a separate reservation for the community

Notably, the Maharashtra State Backward Class Commission on Friday submitted a report on its survey on the social, economic, and educational backwardness of the Maratha community. The massive exercise covered nearly 2.5 crore families

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