Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Wednesday announced in the state legislative assembly that the government would extend to the Maratha community the educational concessions that are currently given to OBCs.
He said the government would form a cabinet sub-committee, which would review the implementation of various schemes for the Maratha community.
The chief minister’s announcement came on a day the Maratha community took out a massive silent march- ‘Maratha Kranti Morcha’ – in south Mumbai to press for reservation in jobs and education, among other demands.
The announcement was made after Fadnavis held a meeting with the representatives of the Maratha community.
A delegation of 40 people, including women, met him at the Vidhan Bhawan on Wednesday afternoon.
Congress leader Narayan Rane, BJP’s associate member and Rajya Sabha member Chhatrapati Sambhaji Raje, NCP leaders Ajit Pawar, Shashikant Shinde and Sunil Tatkare were also present on the occasion.
Speaking in the assembly, Fadnavis said, “Earlier, the Maratha community students were getting scholarship for 35 various educational courses. Now, these students will get scholarship benefits for all the 605 courses like the OBC students get. The educational qualification criteria for Maratha students would be the same as the OBC students.”
The chief minister added, “The Maharashtra government will also form a cabinet sub-committee, which will review the implementation of various schemes and hold talks with the delegation of Maratha Kranti Morcha every three months.”
The Annasaheb Patil Development Corporation of Maharashtra would provide skill development training to three lakh Maratha students, he said, adding that the government will also offer some relief on the interest on educational loan up to Rs 10 lakh.
“The government will provide Rs 5 crore for every district to construct a hostel for Maratha students. It will be operated by NGOs,” Fadnavis said.
On the Kopardi rape incident, the chief minister said, “The defence lawyers are deliberately buying time and trying to postpone the trial. They have been fined by the high court as well. The case is currently being heard in a sessions court in Ahmednagar district.”
Speaking outside the House, Fadnavis said, “The hearing is almost over. Once the entire hearing gets over, I am hopeful of the court announcing its verdict soon.”