Maharashtra Deputy CM Devendra Fadnavis on Saturday termed the state government’s draft gazette notification accepting the demands of Maratha quota activists as a positive decision. He also thanked activist Manoj Jarange Patil for accepting the decision and calling off his protest in Mumbai.
Speaking to media persons in Nagpur, the deputy CM said, “We had from the beginning stated Maratha reservation will have to be given within the framework of legal and constitutional norms.”
“While the state government is committed to the Maratha reservation. The draft gazette notification ensures individuals who already have Kunbi certificates, can get such certificates for his/her blood relations as well.
“There is no provision for issuing Kunbi certificates to Marathas across the state… Thus, OBC leaders have no reason to raise apprehensions,” he added.
Marathas with Kunbi certificates can avail of OBC reservation in jobs and education.
When asked about cabinet minister Chhagan Bhujbal’s opposition to the Maratha quota agitation, Fadnavis said, “I would like to reassure Bhujbal and OBC leaders not to worry. The government has not allowed the issuance of kunbi certificates to non-kunbi Marathas.”
The state government is hopeful of some decision and direction following the ongoing hearing in the Supreme Court on its curative petition on the Martha reservation, he remarked.
The deputy CM added that the Maharashtra State Backward Class Commission is conducting surveys and collecting empirical data to establish the ‘backward status’ of the Maratha community.