Maharastra assembly passes Maratha Reservation Bill

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Maharastra assembly passes Maratha Reservation Bill

Mumbai: The Maratha Reservation Bill passed by Maharastra assembly on Tuesday. The bill approves 16% quota for Marathas  in government jobs and educational institutes. 

The Devendra Fadnavis-led government had passed the Bill on November 18 and the report was to be tabled during the Winter Session of the Legislative Assembly. As a result, the Shiv Sena and the Bharatiya Janata Party have issued a whip to their legislators and have asked them to be in attendance when the Bill was to be tabled in the state Assembly by the government. 

The state government had received the State Backward Class Commission (SBCC) report on 15 November, which has suggested 16 percent reservation for the socially and economically backward (SEBC) community. 

Speaking in the state assembly on Thursday, Chief Minister Fadnavis said, 'We've completed a due procedure for Maratha reservation report and we're bringing a bill today.'

Comprising more than 30 per cent of the state's population, the Maratha community had been seeking reservation in government jobs and education since long.