Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis on Sunday said his government is committed to providing reservation to Marathas in employment and education. The statement follows the massive response to state-wide Maratha rallies that are being held to demand Maratha reservation, a halt to “gross misuse” of the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, and the death penalty for the accused in the Kopardi gangrape-murder case.
The previous government had promulgated an ordinance in 2014 to provide 16% reservation for Marathas, who constitute 34-36% of the state’s population, but the high court stayed it.
“My government is honestly committed to providing reservation to Marathas. We are (also) solving problems faced by the community by (promoting) financial empowerment, employment and entrepreneurship,” Fadnavis said
He said the state government has drafted an action plan to provide employment opportunities to 5 lakh Maratha youths with skill development and finance. “Large sections of Marathas have faced educational and economic backwardness. It’s a legacy created by apathy for a long time… Marathas should come forward to work unitedly on solutions to issues raised by the community… We will find an amicable solution with the help of all,” Fadnavis said.