Maharashtra PWD Minister Ashok Chavan on Thursday sought protection for Maratha quota from the Supreme Court-imposed 50 percent ceiling as it has been done by the Center in the case of reservation for the economically weaker sections (EWS).
He said that if the EWS quota can be protected from the 50 percent cap by a constitutional amendment, then why can’t the central government do the same for the Maratha reservation under the socially and educationally disadvantaged (SEBC) category.
Speaking to reporters here, Mr Chavan, who heads the cabinet’s subcommittee on the Maratha quota, said the constitution does not specify a limit on reservations and maintains that the 50 percent limit has been set by courts.
“If the Center can provide constitutional protection to the EWS’s 10 percent quota, how come the Maratha quota is beyond the scope of the Constitution?” asked the congressional leader.
In 2018, the government of Maharashtra had enacted a law allocating quotas to Marathas in education and government.
In May, the Supreme Court had repealed the Maratha quota enshrined in the Socially and Educationally Backward Classes Act, 2018, calling it “unconstitutional” and ruling that there were no exceptional circumstances to violate the 50 percent reservation limit laid down in the 1992 Mandal. pronunciation.