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Maratha stir: Surveys on backward class categories set for impact

The state government had asked the Gokhale institute, Rambhau Mhalgi Probodhini, Shivaji Academy, Sharda Academy and Gurukrupa Sanstha, to prepare a survey about the educational and economic backwardness of Maratha community from western Maharashtra, Konkan, Marathwada, Vidarbha and north Maharashtra, respectively.

pune Updated: Aug 01, 2018 15:50 IST
Yogesh Joshi
Yogesh Joshi
Hindustan Times, Pune
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Marathas were first granted 16 per cent reservation in jobs and education by the NCP-Congress government in 2014.(HT PHOTO)

Five institutes of repute tasked with the responsibility of preparing a report about the “backwardness” of the Maratha community, on Tuesday, submitted the surveys to the Backward Class Commission in Pune.

The state government had asked the Gokhale institute, Rambhau Mhalgi Probodhini, Shivaji Academy, Sharda Academy and Gurukrupa Sanstha, to prepare a survey about the educational and economic backwardness of Maratha community from western Maharashtra, Konkan, Marathwada, Vidarbha and north Maharashtra, respectively.

According to officials at the commission headed by retired judge MG Gaikwad, the survey was to find out social, educational and economic backwardness of Marathas in order to check if the community can be included in the other backward class (OBC) categories.

“All the five institutes have submitted their entries and the commission will now meet on August 3 and 4 to discuss the submissions,” said DD Deshmukh, member secretary at the commission.

Earlier the meeting was scheduled for August 5.

According to Deshmukh, the commission has so far received more than 1.5 lakh applications from individuals and various organisations.

Earlier this week, chief minister Devendra Fadnavis had said that commission has been requested to submit the report as early as possible. The commission will submit its report to Bombay high court which is hearing the case.

The surveys conducted by the five institutes will be a key for the consolidated report being prepared by the commission, as the future of reservation to Marathas hinges on it. “The commission will submit its report to the high court at the earliest,” Deshmukh added.

Marathas were first granted 16 per cent reservation in jobs and education by the NCP-Congress government in 2014.

Currently, the state backward class commission is scrutinising the claim of the community though constitutional experts believe that reservation to Marathas on the basis of caste may not hold ground in the court.

First Published: Aug 01, 2018 15:49 IST