Marathas can take benefits under 10% EWS quota: Maharashtra govt | Mumbai News


MUMBAI: Over three weeks after Supreme Court struck down the Maratha quota, the MVA government on Monday decided to allow the Maratha community to avail benefits under the 10% EWS (economically weaker sections) quota in government jobs and education. But Marathas would have to compete with others in the open category for 10% EWS quota, while the quota the community had been granted by Maharashtra and which now stands quashed had given it 12% reservation in jobs and 13% in education.
When the SC had stayed the Maratha quota in September last year, the state had allowed Marathas to apply for the EWS, but it had said they could not avail of benefits under the Maratha quota later if they opted for EWS benefits.
The state on Monday issued a government resolution allowing for availing of EWS benefits. It came two days after BJP MP and Sambhaji Raje, a descendant of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, threatened to hit the streets if demands of the Maratha community were not met before June 6.
The union government had introduced the EWS quota early in 2019. The quota is applicable in government office jobs as well as jobs in state-run corporations, semi-governmental institutions, local urban civic and rural civic bodies and educational institutions. According to the Centre’s criteria, the annual income of a beneficiary should not be more than Rs 8 lakh to avail of the EWS quota. The EWS benefit will be applicable with retrospective effect from May 5, 2021, stated the GR.
Eknath Shinde, urban development minister, told mediapersons the community cannot benefit from two types of reservations. “Now that SC has scrapped the socially and educationally backward classes (SEBC) reservation, the Maratha community will be eligible to avail benefits under EWS,” he said. One of the convenors of the Maratha Kranti Morcha, Vinod Patil, said the state is not given anything additional to the community as EWS benefits are for those from the non-reserved category. “The state should clarify what could be done for the community as the EWS quota has nothing to do with the state. It is a Central government reservation which people from various religions and castes can avail of,” Patil said.
The SC struck down the Maratha quota on May 5, terming it “unconstitutional.” After the verdict, the state appointed a committee led by former CJ of Allahabad high court Dilip Bhosale to study the order. The panel was asked to submit its report by May 31. The state has extended the deadline to June 7.

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