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Jan 19, 2019

Reservation for Maratha community to alleviate it from social, economic backwardness: Maharashtra govt

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Maharashtra government has informed the Bombay High Court that the 16 percent reservation for Maratha community was meant to alleviate the community from its social and economic backwardness. 

In its affidavit, the government has asserted that the ceiling of 50 per cent reservation imposed by the Supreme Court cannot be made applicable to all states.

Seeking dismissal of all petitions challenging the Maratha quota, the government said that creation of a separate ‘Socially and Educationally Backward Class’ for Maratha community cannot be said to be "excessive or disproportionate". 

The affidavit further claimed that the government was the custodian and regulator of social justice and enacted the Act after recognizing the community’s plight. 

A division bench headed by Justice Ranjit More will take up the petitions for hearing on 23rd January.

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