Panel to submit report today

Mumbai: The Maharashtra State Backward Class Commission on Thursday will submit its report on the backwardness of the Maratha community to the government for granting reservation in education and jobs.

Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Wednesday said the report as told to the Bombay High Court will be submitted on November 15. “After receiving the report, the government will complete the necessary legal proceedings. I can assure you that the issue of Maratha reservation will be over by this month-end,” he told reporters in Akola.

Replying to news reports that the report is positive to the cause of Maratha reservation, Mr. Fadnavis called it ‘kite-flying’ by media houses. “The report has not even reached me yet; how can that be available to the media? People are showing whatever news items they want.”

Once the State receives the report and completes the legal process, it will be submitted to the High Court. The report was prepared after studying over two lakh statements and surveying around 45,000 families. The Commission also considered the historical details and other court judgement on issues raised by the Maratha community. The Commission was tasked with deciding as to whether the community falls in the socially backward category to avail of reservation benefits.

Marathas constitute 33% of the population and have been agitating for over a decade demanding quota. The community held silent marches in 2016 to draw attention to its cause. The protests took a violent turn this August and 194 people were arrested by the Pune police for rioting and arson.

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