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Maharashtra Assembly approves 16% quota for Marathas under socially, educationally backward category

MAHARASHTRA Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis had tabled the Bill along with an Action Taken Report on Maharashtra State Backward Class Commission’s (MSBCC) recommendations in the Assembly.

The Maharashtra Assembly unanimously approved the passing of a legislation granting 16 per cent reservation to the Maratha community under the socially and educationally backward category, Indian Express reported.

Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis had tabled the Bill along with an Action Taken Report (ATR) on Maharashtra State Backward Class Commission’s (MSBCC) recommendations in the Assembly, the report stated.

According to the report, with the approval of the quota, reservations in the state have surpassed the 50 per cent ceiling set by the Supreme Court of India for state governments and the government of India. At present, the total reservations in the state is 52 per cent. The 16 per cent reservation approved for the Marathas will take the number to 68 per cent.

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