On expected lines, the Maharashtra Assembly today unanimously passed a bill proposing 16 per cent reservation for Marathas.
The reservation has been extended under socially and educationally backward category.
On the occasion, the Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis tabled the Bill and also expressed gratitude to the opposition for helping in passage of the Bill unanimously.
The Bill provides for reservation of seats for admission in educational institutions and posts in public services to Marathas who have been declared as socially and educationally backward class of citizens.
He also tabled the recommendations of the SBCC’s report on social, educational and financial status of the Maratha community.
Marathas have been declared as socially and educationally backward class of citizens (SEBC) 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.>