Nov. 30, 2018

The Maharashtra legislature unanimously passed a bill proposing 16 % reservation for Marathas under socially, educationally and economically backward category.


  • The Maratha community, which comprises over 30 % of the state's population, has been seeking reservation in government jobs and education for a long time. The draft Bill says that the presence of Marathas in position of academic excellence is “very marginal”.

  • The Bill will provide the Maratha community in Maharashtra reservation in jobs and educational institutions under Article 15(4), 16 (4) of the Constitution.

  • The Bill tabled in both the Houses of state legislature did not face any kind of hurdle as legislators cutting across party lines joined hands in passing the Bill

  • Chief Minister Fadnavis also tabled the action taken report on the State Backward Class Commission's recommendations for reservation to the Marathas.

  • The approval of the Bill will also see the reservation limit go up from the current 52% to 68%, thus crossing the 50% ceiling set by Supreme Court.

Source : The Hindu