Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Sunday said his government was committed to resolve the issues being raised by the Maratha community, agitating over reservation demand and punishment for culprits of Kopardi rape and murder case.
“Our government is committed to solve the issue. I assure you that amicable solution will be found out with the help of all,” Fadnavis said. The chief minister was addressing a gathering of Mathadi workers in Turbe in neighbouring Navi Mumbai on the occasion of 83rd birth anniversary of mathadi leader Late Annasaheb Patil.
“Government’s view is that the Maratha community should get reservation. Hence, even when there is a stay by the court, our government has passed an Act (regarding it). Now, even when the matter is subjudice, evidences are being placed before the courts,” he said.
“We have taken a serious note of the silent morchas. All should come together and help in resolving the issue and hold discussions so that effective legal steps can be taken,” he said. On Kopardi alleged rape and murder case, he said Ujjwal Nikam has been appointed as senior public prosecutor in the case and expressed confidence that victim’s family will get justice.
A 15-year-old girl, belonging to Maratha community, in Kopardi in Ahmednagar district was allegedly raped and brutally murdered by three Dalit men in July. The Maratha community, which is pre-dominant in state politics, has been taking out silent arches in various towns in the state over the last one month, following the Kopardi incident.
Also, community leaders have been demanding scrapping of the SC and ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, saying it is grossly misused, and also reservations for Marathas in educational institutes and government jobs.
“We are trying hard to empower the Maratha community through employment and entrepreneurship. Our plan is to give job opportunities to 5 lakh Maratha youths,” Fadnavis said. Meanwhile, he said a committee has been appointed to suggest amendment in Maharashtra Mathadi Hammal & other Manual Workers (Regulation of employment & welfare) Act. The committee will submit its report in next three months.