140 representations received to categorise Marathas as backward

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 12 Apr 2018 10:19:04


Staff Reporter,

Representatives of Other Backward Classes (OBC) on Wednesday stated before the Maharashtra State Backward Class Commission that they had no objection to inclusion of Marathas in list of backward classes. Rashtriya OBC Mahasangh representatives filed their respective submissions before the Commission during its sitting held in city.

Rashtriya OBC Mukti Morcha, however, in its representation said the Commission should not recommended about inclusion of Maratha community in OBCs as this would be unconstitutional. Also the delegation led by Nitin Choudhari demanded release of caste-wise census figure of 2011 so that people can know the respective per centage of communities in country.
The organisation led by Dr Babanrao Taywade’s support to Maratha community's categorisation as backward is however conditional. They submitted to Commission that their quota should not be distributed on inclusion of Maratha in the list of OBCs.

In all, the Commission received 140 representations from various organisations and individuals regarding demand of Maratha community to be categorised as backward in the State of Maharashtra. Prominent organisation like Sakal Maratha Samaj, it took out silent rallies throughout the State based on which the State Government referred their demand for examination to Commission.

The Commission headed by Retd. Justice M G Gaikwad held the public hearing at Ravi Bhawan throughout the day. The expert members on the Commission including Dr Sarjerao Nimse, Prof Chandrashekhar Deshpande, Dr Dattatray Saraf, Pramod Yeole, Rohidas Jadhav, Sudhir Thakre, Dr Suvarna Rawal, Prof Rajabhau Karpe and Member Secretary D D Deshmukh were also present during the hearing.
After wrapping up its hearing in Nagpur Division, the Commission is holding its sitting at Amravati on Thursday.
The Commission is touring all revenue divisions of State to ensure people at large gets opportunity to participate in the process of consideration of Maratha community demand to be included in list of backward classes.

The community is desiring reservation in education institutions and Government jobs citing economic backwardness and in that light Commission is out to determine their suitability for the said claim.