Members of the fishing Koli community have threatened to resort to agitation on the lines of Gujjars in Rajasthan if their demands were not met by the Maharashtra Government.
"We have given an ultimatum to the Government to issue an ordinance to restore the jobs of the Koli community members who were removed under the pretext of submitting invalid cast certificate," Maharashtra Koli Samaj Sangh President and Shiv Sena leader Anant Tare told reporters in Thane on Friday.
Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh had assured a delegation of the Koli community that even if the Caste Verification Committee holds the caste certificates of their members as invalid, they would not be removed from their services, Tare, a former MLC, said.
Deshmukh, in a meeting held last year, had assured that an ordinance in this regard would be promulgated soon but nothing has been done till date, he added.
"If the Chief Minister fails to fulfil his assurance then the community will have no other option but to resort to Gujjar-like agitation to awaken the government," Tare said.
The other demands of the Koli community include introduction of floor space index (FSI) rules for construction in `gaothan' (where the fishermen reside) and scrapping of the Coastal Management Zones (CMZs).