Maharashtra Government has announced a special assistance of 500 crore rupees for OBC community to help them develop employment opportunities for the youth. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said his government remains committed to retaining OBC quotas in jobs and rejected reports that Maratha community may be included in the OBC category for reservation purpose.
He also made an announcement that the state government has recommended to the Centre that the Bharat Ratna, India’s highest civilian award, be conferred posthumously on 19th-century social reformer Jyotiba Phule and his wife Savitribai Phule, a pioneer of women’s education.
Addressing the 3rd National Convention of National OBC Association in Mumbai the chief minister said the government would assess the extent of representation given to OBCs in jobs and take steps to address the backlog, in a time-bound manner. He added that the government has also earmarked funds for constructing hostels for OBC students in 19 districts.
OBCs constitute 52 percent of the state’s population and they enjoy 17 percent reservation. On the other hand, the politically dominant Maratha community comprise 30 percent of the state’s population and has been demanding 16 percent reservation in jobs and educational institutes.