Maratha quota: Maharashtra Deputy CM gives autonomy to SARTHI

Mumbai: Amid call by Chhatrapati Sambhajiraje to continue his agitation for the restoration of Maratha quota, Deputy CM Ajit Pawar on Saturday made a slew of announcements including to provide an autonomy to Chhatrapati Shahu Maharaj Research Training and Human Development Institute (SARTHI), allocate adequate funds for implementation of various schemes, and start SARTHI’s eight divisional offices and one centre. Pawar, who met Chhatrapati Sambhajiraje at Pune, said SARTHI’s first divisional office will be set up at Kolhapur.

SARTHI is engaged in training and implementing development schemes for the Maratha youths. Sambhajiraje had demanded more funds and autonomy to SARTHI during his recent meeting with Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray. Sambhajiraje has announced that he has not called off agitation but will decide future course of action after discussing with coordinators on June 26 at Nashik.

Pawar assured that hostels will be started for students from Maratha community through SARTHI. He said the govt will give preference to the youth trained by SARTHI in the interest repayment scheme started by Annasaheb Patil Economic Development Corporation.

He directed that the SARTHI should prepare a department wise action plan for the next three years and organise workshops. He also asked SARTHI to start job oriented training courses for the job aspirants from the Maratha community.

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