Maharashtra government to set up committee to study SC order on Maratha quota


the Government of Maharashtra set up a committee under the direction of a retired judge to study the short Supreme order canceling the reserves of the community of Maratha, Minister of State Ashok Chavan said Saturday. The Supreme Court of May 4 overturned the Maharashtra law granting a quota to the Marathas in admissions and government jobs, calling the status “unconstitutional”, and also refusing to refer the Mandal judgment of 1992, setting a 50 percent cap on reserve, to a wider body for review.

Speaking to reporters, Chavan, who heads the state government subcommittee on the Maratha reserve, said the committee would study the SC judgment, which is over 500 pages, in detail and then submit a report in 15 days, after which a decision on filing a petition for review will be made by the state government.

He also said that Chief Secretary Sitaram Kunte would provide an update on the process of recruiting the socially and pedagogically backward class (ESCB) in each department, adding that the SC had maintained recruitments until September 9, 2020.

“The whole process includes selection and recruitment. The SC will review this process. The state positively plans to do justice to the ESCB candidates affected by the court decision, and the future action plan will be based on the report of the CS “, he added.

Chavan said the chief minister Uddhav Thackeray is likely to write to the Prime Minister Narendra Modi and president Ram nath kovind on this issue, and ask the Center to provide a quota to the community if the state does not have the right to do so.

Meanwhile, Home Secretary Dilip Walse Patil urged the Maratha community to exercise restraint, asking them not to do anything that would put the police under additional stress amid the coronavirus outbreak.

Minister of State and Senior Shiv Sena Leader Eknath Shinde said the MVA government was determined to make reserves for the Maratha community.

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