Maharashtra Assembly passes bill for 16% Maratha reservation in PG Medical Courses


Nation Next Newsroom | Jun 21, 2019 20:13

People participating in Maratha community protest in Nagpur in December 2016. (File Photo/Nation Next)
People participating in Maratha community protest in Nagpur in December 2016. (File Photo/Nation Next)

Maharashtra Legislative Assembly on Thursday unanimously passed an amendment in Socially and Educationally Backward Classes (SEBC) Act, providing 16% reservation to Maratha students in Post Graduate (PG) Medical and Dental admissions.

Maharashtra Government had earlier propagated an ordinance for the same. Then on November 29, 2018, Maharashtra Legislative Assembly had passed bill proposing 16% reservation for Marathas in education and government jobs under SEBC category.

Students from open category, then moved the Bombay High Court citing that admissions to post-graduate medical courses had begun on November 2018. Following this, the reservation was scrapped.

In May 2019, the Nagpur bench of Bombay High court asserted that 16% reservation for Maratha students under SEBC category will not be applicable for PG medical courses this year. Supreme Court also upheld the verdict.

On May 20, when the legislature was not in session, an ordinance was issued to amend the SEBC Act to reverse the Supreme Court’s May 9 judgment, which barred Maharashtra Government from implementing Maratha reservation in PG medical courses this year.

As part of the new amendment, a clause has been added to section 16 of the SEBC Act, which states that 16% of the total seats in all educational institutes including private ones will be reserved for Socially and Educationally Backward Classes including the Maratha community.