Maharashtra cupboard approves promulgation of ordinance on 16% Maratha quota

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The Cupboard assembly was held after the state acquired permission from the Election Fee of India (ECI) to promulgate the ordinance even because the mannequin code of conduct for the Lok Sabha elections was in place.

To “protect” admissions granted to Maratha college students underneath the 16 per cent reservation for the neighborhood, the Maharashtra Cupboard on Friday gave its approval to promulgate an ordinance to bypass a Supreme Court docket judgment that barred the state from implementing the quota for admissions to the post-graduate medical programs this yr.

The Cupboard assembly was held after the state acquired permission from the Election Fee of India (ECI) to promulgate the ordinance even because the mannequin code of conduct for the Lok Sabha elections was in place.

“The SC decision would have led to the cancellation of the admissions of 195 students. Under it, 22 students, who could have gotten admissions elsewhere across the country, had taken admissions in the state under the Maratha quota. So, the doors for them were closed in the Centre and the state. So, the decision of promulgating an ordinance has been taken to protect the admissions of these students,” Chandrakant Patil, income minister, instructed mediapersons after the Cupboard assembly.

Patil added the state would request the courtroom to increase the time for finishing the school admissions course of from Could 25 to Could 31. “The state government will give scholarships to the affected open category students who will take admissions in private colleges and deemed universities,” he stated. Patil added that it has additionally despatched a proposal to the Centre for growing the 227 seats within the medical programs.

On a query {that a} part of open class college students may problem the Ordinance, Patil stated the state authorities would file caveats within the Bombay Excessive Court docket, its two benches and within the Supreme Court docket.

Following statewide protests by Marathas, the Fadnavis authorities had on November 30, 2018, cleared a 16 per cent quota for the neighborhood in schooling and authorities jobs, figuring out them as Socially and Economically Backward Class (SEBC). On March 8, the federal government had issued a notification for the implementation of the reservation in academic establishments.

On Could 2, the Nagpur bench of the excessive courtroom, whereas listening to a petition, had disallowed the quota for admissions to postgraduate medical programs on the grounds that the “reservation cannot be applicable with retrospective effect”. Admission course of for postgraduate medical programs had already begun earlier than the Maratha quota was cleared, the courtroom had argued. The federal government approached the Supreme Court docket towards the HC order. On Could 9, the SC had upheld the HC verdict, slamming the federal government for “messing up the admission process”.

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