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    Maratha quota: Maharashtra govt likely to receive report by November 15

    Mumbai: The much-awaited report of the Backward Class Commission on the socio-economic ‘backwardness’ of the Maratha community is likely to be finalised by November 15. This comes after the Maharashtra government informed the Bombay High Court that the commission is presently finalising its report pertaining to the ‘status’ of Marathas in state employment and other fields. Special counsel Ravi Kadam, appearing for the government, tendered an affidavit before the division bench of

  • ‘Jail Bharo’ andolan against Jaitapur atomic energy project today

    After Maratha community, now residents of Jaitapur will hold a ‘Jail Bharo’ andolan. The ‘Jail Bharo’ andolan is being held by local residents opposing the atomic energy project. The agitations will be held today at the project site.

  • Panel to begin hearing on Maratha quota in Sept

    Mumbai : The State Backward Class Commission (SBCC) will begin hearing more than one lakh memorandums, received from various organisations and individuals across the state on the inclusion of the Maratha community in Other Backward Classes (OBCs), from the first week of September. Five different non-governmental organisations (NGOs) associated with the Bharatiya Janata Party and its parent organisation, Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), submitted their reports to the commission last month.

  • Members of the Maratha community in Maharashtra as they try to block traffic during a protest in Mumbai. Pic/ AFP PHOTO / PUNIT PARANJPE

    Don’t commit suicide over quota: Bombay HC appeals to agitating Marathas

    Mumbai: The Bombay High Court appealed to members of the Maratha community today to refrain from resorting to violence or committing suicide over their demand for reservation in government jobs and education. The community must remember that the high court has taken note of the situation, a bench of Justices Ranjit More and Anuja Prabhudessai said.

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    CM Devendra Fadnavis asks for breathing room of four months to tackle Maratha quota stir

    Mumbai: Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, while retreating his assurance on extending reservation to the Maratha community, asked for a breathing room of four months to tackle the quota stir. At the same time, he has promised that the legal and constitutional procedures would be completed by the end of November this year by using the good offices of the State Backward Class Commission.

  • Man kills self, mentions lack of quota for Marathas in note

    Mumbai : A 25-year-old man allegedly committed suicide in neighbouring Navi Mumbai on Saturday, with his purported suicide note mentioning his anguish over the Maratha community not getting reservation, police said.

  • Why Centre, states can not respond quickly to quota demands: NCP MP

    Pune: NCP MP Udayanraje Bhosale today asked why the governments can not show the same willingness in responding to quota demands which the Centre showed when agreeing to restore the provisions of the SC/ST Act. A lack of political will was the main reason why the Maratha community’s demand for reservation in jobs and education was not fulfilled in Maharashtra all these years, the Satara MP, who is a descendant of King

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    Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis expresses commitment to Maratha quota

    Mumbai: Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said today his government was committed to granting reservation to the Maratha community which stands legal scrutiny. The assurance came when he met 22 prominent personalities from the community here to discuss the issue, after which a joint appeal was issued for exercising restraint and maintaining peace.

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    Legal framework for Maratha reservation needs to be strong, says Sudhir Mungantiwar

    Mumbai: Amid the raging Maratha quota row, Maharashtra Finance Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar today said the government does not want to ‘fool’ the community with a hurried decision which may end up in a long court battle. Speaking to reporters here, Mungantiwar said Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis was making all efforts to give reservation to the community and emphasis was being laid on following of all due processes.

  • Maratha quota stir: ‘Jail bharo’ protest held by Maratha Kranti Morcha at Azad Maidan

    Mumbai: Maratha activists held a ‘jail bharo’ protest here today, demanding immediate implementation of reservations in jobs and education for the community. Pro-quota groups led by the Maratha Kranti Morcha organised the ‘jail bharo’ agitation at Azad Maidan in south Mumbai while local groups in some parts of the state also held similar protests.

  • Maratha quota stir: Maharashtra government offers sops to Maratha youths   

    Mumbai: The Maharashtra government has decided to stand guarantor for loans to be disbursed to youth from the Maratha community under a scheme to extend financial assistance to backward communities. The decision was taken at the cabinet sub-committee chaired by Revenue Minister Chandrakant Patil yesterday.

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    Maratha Quota Stir: CM Fadnavis in damage control mode, collects information on Marathas in govt jobs

    Mumbai: Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis is clearly in damage control mode — in an attempt to get to grips with the Maratha quota stir, he has directed every government department and educational institution to collect information on the number of employees from the Maratha community working in the concerned departments. He wants to ensure that he has precise information on the percentage of Marathas in government jobs before he faces the special

  • Constitutional amendment can ensure Maratha quota: Pawar

    Mumbai : NCP chief Sharad Pawar on Saturday said reservations for the Maratha community could be brought about with an amendment in the Constitution. The veteran leader added that he could hold a dialogue with the Opposition parties to seek support for the amendment if the Union government showed its willingness.