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Maharashtra Cabinet approves promulgation of ordinance to ‘protect’ Maratha quota admissions

To ‘protect’ admissions granted to Maratha students under the 16 per cent reservation for the community, the Maharashtra Cabinet on Friday gave its approval to promulgate an ordinance to bypass a Supreme Court judgment that barred the state from implementing the quota for admissions to the post-graduate medical courses this year.

“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, revenue minister, told mediapersons after the Cabinet meeting.

Patil added the state would request the court to extend the time for completing the college admissions process from May 25 to May 31. “The state government will give scholarships to the affected open category students who will take admissions in private colleges and deemed universities,” he said. Patil added that it has also sent a proposal to the Centre for increasing the 227 seats in the medical courses.

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