Fifty per cent of the seats are reserved for SC/ST/VJ/NT/OBC categories. The 16 per cent reserved seats for socially and educationally backward classes (SEBC) quotas while 10 per cent total reserved seats for economically weaker section (EWS) quota.
"I believe if a bill is passed to ensure 25 per cent reservation for the poor among the upper castes, it will be beneficial to all... the upper castes think Dalits get reservation while they are deprived of it...," Athawale told newspersons here.
In 1985, students of medical and engineering colleges in the state led an agitation against the move by the then Congress Chief Minister, Madhavsinh Solanki, to raise the OBC quota from 10 per cent to 28 per cent.
HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar said that the government will implement the 10% quota for EWS in the general category across all higher education institutions from July 2019. He said it would not affect existing reservations for candidates.
The Marathas, a third of the population of Maharashtra, began to agitate for their demands a little less than two years ago. While the current phase of renewed protests ended, the agitation is far from over.