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10% quota for poor from the upper caste in education and government jobs is now relevant in Maharashtra

10% quota for poor from the upper caste in education and government jobs is now relevant in Maharashtra: On Tuesday, the state government issued a resolution declaring the execution of 10% reservation for the economically weaker sections (EWS) in government jobs as well as in education, opening the approaching recruitment drive for 30,000 jobs. The reservation carries the percentage of quota in Maharashtra to 78.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Fadnavis said that the quota will be implemented in Maharashtra
  • Fadnavis also confirmed that the Marathas would not be able to claim the new 10 per cent quota
  • A Maratha activist, however, said the community will get benefit from the new quota

With 10% quota for poor, reservation in Maharashtra to go up to 78%

The CM of Maharashtra Devendra Fadnavis confirmed that the 10 per cent quota for poor and backward people from the upper caste will be effected in the state.

The EWS reservations is going to be valid to those whose yearly family income is less than ₹8 lakh and are not entitled for any additional quota on the foundation of backwardness of social and educational criteria.

The quota is going to be valid to whole government, semi-government offices, assisted and single-handed educational institutes (apart from those reserved for lower sections), considered universities, corporations and constitutional boards, urban as well as rural local bodies.

Those belonging to 104 castes and groups from general category are going to be entitled for it. The reservation will be relevant to all jobs, ads for which were delivered after January 14, the date on which the Centre hand out the notice on EWS quota.

Among all the states in India, Maharashtra is among one of the first few states to implement the Centre’s decision. In the month of November, the state allocated 16% quota for Marathas in jobs and education, this has been defied in the Bombay high court. The enquiries and hearings on the reservation are still on.

The state has also asked district collectors to make sure the income documentations are issued within one month of application. Under the quota the aspirants will also have to surrender the income certificates within six months of their recruitment.

As the state has instructed its stand on the 10% quota for economically backward classes (EWS), so the admissions to post-graduate medical courses in the state are probable to be delayed and will start after a two-week postponement.

The quota is going to be applied in every institute, excluding minority associations, and is going to be carved out of the present open category seats.

Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Tuesday said, “That will ensure that in the remaining 32 per cent, at least 10 per cent goes only to the poor belonging to the open category. Otherwise, this 32 per cent was for all categories irrespective of the caste and economic status”.

An official from the state CET cell regarding the 10 per cent reservation for the economically weaker sections (EWS) in government jobs and in education said, “The date is yet to be finalised, but we hope to start the registration process on February 15. Even though the matter of 16% Maratha quota is pending in court, there is no direct stay on admissions”.

However, all the IITs have made the decision to implement the quota by adding additional seats in their institutes.