Assembly clears bill on Maratha quota in PG medical courses

Mumbai: The Maharashtra Legislative Assembly on Thursday unanimously cleared a bill to provide reservation to the Maratha community in post-graduate medical courses. The government had earlier promulgated an ordinance on this. The Maharashtra Legislature had on November 29 last year passed a bill proposing 16 per cent reservation in education and government jobs for Marathas, declared as socially and educationally backward class (SEBC) by the government. However, the admissions to post graduate medical courses had begun on November 2.

Citing this reason, students from the open category had earlier moved the Bombay High Court and the reservation was scrapped. Last month, the Nagpur bench of the Bombay High Court had said that the 16 per cent reservation for the Maratha community under the SEBC category will not be applicable for the post-graduate medical courses this year. The high court had contended that the government's decision to introduce the quota was unconstitutional.

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