Maharashtra Governor C Vidyasagar Rao (File Picture)
Maharashtra Governor C Vidyasagar Rao (File Picture)

Maharashtra Guv signs Maratha reservation bill

ANI | Updated: Nov 30, 2018 22:39 IST

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], Nov 30 (ANI): Maharashtra Governor C Vidyasagar Rao on Friday signed the Maratha reservation bill which was passed by both Houses of the state Assembly on Thursday.
The Bill was passed by both Houses of the state Assembly in less than an hour after it was tabled by Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis in the Legislative Assembly.
The Bill gives 16 per cent reservation to the members of the Maratha community in government jobs and admission in government institutions, under the Socially and Educationally Backward Classes of Citizens (SEBC). The state already has 52 per cent reservation for OBCs, SCs, and STs in government jobs and admission in academic institutions.
With 16 per cent reservation for Marathas, the total quota percentage in Maharashtra goes up to 68 per cent, the highest in the country after Tamil Nadu where the quota is up to 69 per cent.
On November 18, the Maharashtra government had approved the Maratha Reservation Bill, for which the community has been protesting since 2017.
In 2014, the then Congress-Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) government in the state had announced 16 per cent reservation for Marathas and five per cent reservation for the Muslims. However, the Bombay High Court stayed the decision in response to a PIL. (ANI)

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