Mumbai: On Tuesday, the Maharashtra government took various steps to provide relief to the agitating Marathas, including providing benefits to community members for EWS in the light of the moratorium on the application of quotas for employment and education of community members.
According to an official statement, the Maharashtra cabinet has decided to provide jobs to the Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation for the heirs of those who lost their lives during the Maratha quota protests.
It said action would be taken against proposals in this regard within a month of their submission.
The government’s decisions came in the light of the Supreme Court earlier this month, suspending the implementation of the 2018 law granting protection to Marathas in education and employment.
Community members then protested in several parts of the state.
The statement said members of the Maratha community would continue to enjoy the benefits announced by the government until the Supreme Court on Tuesday vacated the quota suspension order.
The Maharashtra government on Monday filed an application before a larger bench of the Supreme Court, asking it to clear the apex court’s stay on quota implementation, the statement said.
“The benefits provided to the Economically Weak Section (EWS) will be provided to them by the Socially and Economically Backward Department (SEBC),” the statement said.
The government has said that Rajarshi Chhatrapati Shahu Maharaj Shiksha Shulk Shishubrati Yojana, a scholarship scheme previously created for SEBC students, will now also apply to EWS students.
“The state government has approved ₹.00 crore fund for the current financial year. Provisions will be made if additional funds are required, “the statement said.
Similarly, the Punjabmukh Deshmukh Hostel Maintenance Allowance Scheme meant for SEBC students will also be applicable for EWS students, the statement said.
” ₹60 crore fund has been sanctioned for this. More funding will be provided if needed, “he added.
The government has said that the Sarathi Institute will be provided with adequate funds and manpower.
Chhatrapati Shahu Maharaj Research Training and Human Development Institute (SARTI) is a non-profit government organization for research, policy advocacy, training, etc. for the socio-economic and educational development of the Maratha, Kunbi community and agriculturally dependent families.
“The driver demanded ₹130 crore for the current financial year. Provisions will be made if more money is needed, “the statement said.
The statement said that Annasaheb Patil is providing financial assistance to the unemployed youth through the Financially Backward Development Corporation and the capital has been increased for this. ₹400 crore.
Speaking on the process of withdrawing the case against the Maratha quota agitators, the state government said that only two were on trial and action would be taken against them within a month.
Speaking to reporters after the cabinet meeting, PWD Minister Ashok Chavan said the government had withdrawn the leave application before a larger bench of the Supreme Court after discussions with ministers, opposition leaders, representatives of Maratha parties and legal experts.
Accompanying Chavan during the press conference, Urban Development Minister Eknath Shined said, “The Chief Minister and the Cabinet have decided that there will be no shortage of funds. This decision will bring relief to the people.”
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