Maharashtra government to provide 5% quota for Muslims in education
Nawab Mallik from the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) expressed that they are also planning to make reservations in jobs and the government is taking legal advice regarding the same.
Maharashtra is all set to pass a new bill to give a 5 percent reservation for Muslims in educational institutions. The bill will be introduced in the state assemble soon. According to a minister in the coalition Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government, the bill will be passed soon. Talking about the bill, Minority Affairs Minister Nawab Malik stated that the bill will be tabled during the budget session of the Maharashtra assembly.
Talking further about the bill, Nawab Mallik from the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) expressed that they are also planning to make reservations in jobs and the government is taking legal advice regarding the same. He further expressed that even after a court’s order, the previous government (a coalition between Uddhav Thackeray's Shiv Sena and the BJP) didn’t give reservation for Muslims.
The minister from Sharad Pawar's NCP expressed that by the end of this assembly session, they will try and give reservation to Muslims in education. A 5 percent reservation will be given.
The upcoming bill to give a 5% reservation to Muslims will add to the existing quota figure, which is already above the 50% that has been capped by the Supreme Court. The reservation was capped after quotas to Marathas in education and jobs were introduced.
However, the state government led by Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has not officially announced anything regarding how they plan to go forward with the 50 percent quota cap.