Video: Finally Maharashtra assembly passes bill proposing 16% quota for Marathas

New Delhi, News24 Bureau, Nov 29: Maratha reservation bill has been passed unanimously in Maharashtra legislative assembly, the bill has now gone to the upper house. 

The Maharashtra assembly unanimously passed a bill proposing 16 per cent reservation for Marathas under socially and educationally backward category.Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, who tabled the bill, thanked Opposition members for helping in the passage of the bill unanimously.The bill provides for reservation of seats for admission in educational institutions and posts in public services to Marathas wh have been declared as socially and educationally backward class of citizens.Marathas have been declared as socially and educationally backward class of citizens and have inadequate representation in services under the state, the panel report said.They are entitled to reservation benefits and advantages enshrined in the Articles 15(4) and 16(4) of the Constitution, it said.The Maratha community, which comprises over 30 per cent of the state's population, has been seeking reservation in government jobs and education for a long time. Their stir for the same in July and August this year had taken a violent turn.

This was a long-time demand of the Marathas:  The Devendra Fadnavis-led government had proposed a 16 per cent reservation for the Maratha community in education and jobs.The government had earlier said that the Bill pertaining to Maratha quota would be introduced in the state Legislature on November 29.The Maratha community constitutes over 30 per cent of the state's population and there were different opinions regarding the reservation of this community. Political pundits say that this has been done keeping in mind the forthcoming elections. The Maratha have been demanding reservation in government jobs and education for a long time.

But the big question is will this really help the community? Is reservation a solution in the present times when the job market is shrinking.