Report on reservation likely by Nov. 15

Backward Classes Commission studying socio-economic status of Marathas

The State government told the Bombay High Court on Tuesday that the Backward Classes Commission is aiming to submit its report on the socio-economic status of the Maratha community by November 15.

A Division Bench of Justices R.M. Savant and K.K. Sonawane was hearing a bunch of petitions on the issue of Maratha reservation in government jobs and educational institutions. The government had moved a civil application stating that contracts of posts filled under 16% quota had ended and needed to be temporarily extended.

Senior counsel Ravi Kadam, representing the State on behalf of the joint secretary of social justice department, submitted an affidavit stating that the commission received representations in writing during the public hearings held at different places. In the meeting held on August 3 and 4 in Pune, the commission constituted a panel of experts in the fields of social science, education and statistics consisting of professor Om Prakash Jadhav from Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathavada University, professor Ambabadas Mohite from Yashwantrao Chavan Maharashtra Open University (YCMOU) and professor Dr. Sudhir Gavhane former vice-chancellor of YCMOU.

Scientific analysis

The panel was entrusted with submitting a report after conducting a scientific analysis of the representations. The report and its findings will be presented at a meeting of the commission on September 10 and 11 in Pune.

The affidavit said that all five agencies appointed by the commission had completed the sample survey and collected data on the social, economic and education status 45,000 families in the State. The State government has given the commission information on the representation of Maratha community in public employment sector. It also received information from universities and the Department of Medical Education and Higher and Technical Education.

The affidavit said that the commission would review the information in the meeting and find out if the community has adequate representation in employment and education. It has started preliminary work to study the historical aspect, legal provisions and expert opinion on the issue of reservation. According to the affidavit, thecommission will submit the final report by November 15.

In the last hearing, Mr. Kadam had informed the court that the expert panel would submit its report in the first week of September and the commission would take three months to analyse it. On February 9, the commission decided to conduct a survey by appointing five agencies and public hearings were organised. With all the data being collated, the commission needs about three months to consider all the constitutional provisions relating to reservation.

On November 2017, the State government appointed retired Justice M.G. Gaikwad as the chairman of the commission. On November 29, 2017, it was decided to conduct a sample survey under the supervision of the members of the committee on the social and educational backwardness of the community. It was conducted with the assistance of gramsevaks, sarpanchs, village kotwals and teachers.

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