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Ordinance promulgated for Maratha, Muslim quotas in Maharashtra


K Sankaranarayanan

Mumbai: Maharashtra Governor K Sankaranarayanan today promulgated an ordinance providing for 16 per cent reservation for Marathas and 5 per cent for Muslims in government jobs and educational institutions.

Promulgation of the ordinance paves the way for implementation of the state cabinet’s June 26 decision to provide reservation for the influential Maratha community and Muslims in jobs and education.

The move by the Congress-NCP government came months ahead of the tough assembly elections due in October after the severe drubbing the alliance, in power in Maharashtra since 1999, received in the Lok Sabha polls.

The two parties could together clinch just six of the state’s 48 Lok Sabha seats, in their worst performance ever.

With additional 21 per cent quotas for the politically powerful Marathas and the minority community, reservation in government jobs and educational institutions in the state has gone up to 73 per cent, way beyond the 50 per cent limit set by the Supreme Court.

The Bombay High Court is currently hearing a PIL against the government’s decision.