The state government has started a consensus building exercise with the political rivals to ensure smooth implementation of the Maratha reservation at the earliest under the newly created independent category of Socially and Educationally Backward Class.
A source said: “The state government is likely to table the Maharashtra State Backward Class Commission (MSBCC) report in the Assembly in the second week of the ongoing Winter Session.” The entire 1,035 page report that is being translated from English to Marathi might not be presented. But the operative part integral for concluding the social and educational backwardness of the Maratha community, along with the action taken report, is under consideration.
A senior official, who is part of the process for implementing the Maratha reservation, said: “The state government has started meeting all top leaders of the Congress, NCP, Shiv Sena and smaller parties to convey its decision on Maratha quota, along with a request for support.” So far, the government has held meetings with NCP chief Sharad Pawar and Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray before going public about the Maratha quota. Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee president Ashok Chavan, NCP senior leader Pawar, Shiv Sena’s Diawakar Raote and Eknath Shinde were among others.
“There is no objection from any quarters on the implementation of the quota since the government has repeatedly cited that Maratha reservation will be given separately. The existing 52 per cent will not be disburbed. The OBCs quota of 27 per cent will remain intact,” said a source. The government said the report was unanimously adopted with all panel members signature for quota.