Special Maharashtra legislature session for Maratha quota issue: CM Devendra Fadnavis

Fadnavis appealed for peace in the state, rocked by violent protests over the quota issue this week, and announced the withdrawal of certain cases against the members of the community.

Published: 28th July 2018 08:16 PM  |   Last Updated: 29th July 2018 12:51 AM   |  A+A-

Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis along with party leaders interact with the media after an all-party meeting to discuss the Maratha reservation issue in Mumbai on Saturday July 28 2018. | PTI

By Express News Service

MUMBAI: A special session of Maharashtra state legislature would be convened soon to ponder over Maratha quota stir, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis announced after the all party meeting of legislature group leaders here on Saturday.

Fadnavis also announced a host of other measures like strict implementation of 50 per cent fee waiver and withdrawal of minor police cases on participants of recent Maratha quota stir.

"A special session of the state legislature shall be convened to fulfil the statutory requirements once the Backward Class Commission submits its report on backwardness of the Maratha Community. The Government has already requested the Commission to complete its survey report on Economical and social backwardness of the community at the earliest. There is no delay on the State Government's part," Fadnavis said.

"Grievances of the Maratha community can be addressed through deliberations on Legislative and Judicial platform. Nothing can be achieved through violence. We will try to rectify lacunae in the earlier law which was stayed by the High Court," Fadnavis said while appealing the Maratha community leaders to end the stir.

"The Director General (DG) of police has been asked to review all cases and other than attacks on police personnel and resorting to violence and arson, other cases against the protesters be withdrawn," he added.

Fadnavis also enumerated several efforts taken by his government in past four years to overcome problems faced by sections of Maratha community. He also assured that the mega recruitment drive of the state government e acted upon after ensuring the reservations of SC/ST/OBC are not affected and Marathas would also get justice.

He also said that the fee waiver scheme for economically backward classes in professional courses would be implemented strictly. "If any college does not admit Maratha students by charging 50 per cent fees, the educational institution would be derecognised. We are willing to talk to colleges if they have any difficulties. Similarly, the government will take up with State Level Banking Committee (SLBC) about complaints that banks are asking for collateral security for granting financial assistance to poor from backward communities under the Annabhau Sathe Developnment Corporation," Fadnavis said.

Hostels for Maratha students in Pune and Kolhapur are nearing completion while construction in eight other districts is in progress, he added. The meeting has also decided to release a joint statement of all parties including Legislative assembly Speaker Haribhau Bagde and council chairman Ramraje Naik-Nimbalkar to appeal Maratha community for resorting peace, he said.

The statement said - "There is consensus among the political class regarding reservations to Marathas. The Government will take neccessary steps and opposition parties will fully co-operate in all endeavours. It was decided to appeal to the State Backward class commission to submit its report at the earliest and to fulfil Constitutional requirement,a special session would be convened."

The opposition leaders meanwhile said that the NCP and Congress leaders have sought time from the backward class commission on Monday for a meeting where they would request them to submit their report at the earliest. However, in a statement released here in the evening the Maratha Kranti Morcha and the Sakal Martha Samaj, the umbrella bodies of the community, said that the community seeks speedy announcement of quota for the community and would resort to "Jail Bharo" agitation post August 1.

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