Nagpur: Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Monday got a rousing welcome from people belonging to the Maratha community and otherwise as soon as he landed at Nagpur airport after the state government last week approved a 16% quota for the Marathas in education and job sectors.
The Maratha Reservation Bill was passed by the Bharatiya Janata Party-led state government on November 29, with support from the Shiv Sena, Congress, and the Nationalist Congress Party. The government, as a result, approved a 16 per cent reservation for the Maratha community in the education and job sectors in the state.
However, there will not be any reservation for Marathas who contest local body elections, unlike those who belong to the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes. Furthermore, there would not be any reservation on educational qualifications that are required for government jobs.
The move has given Fadnavis, a non-Maratha chief minister of the state, a huge bonus as far as engaging the people in his state is concerned. However, this has resulted in a lot of questions being raised by people from other communities who have demanded a similar reservation.