The MVA Government breathes a sigh of relief after the Supreme Court ordered the submission of OBC statistics

by Web Desk | Published: 19 Jan 2022

The Maha Vikas Aghadi government sighed with relaxation on Wednesday when the Supreme Court instructed it to disclose the state's statistics and material on Other Backward Classes to the Maharashtra State Backward Classes Commission (MSBCC). The apex court noted that the MSBCC could offer up a preliminary report within two weeks of obtaining data from the state government if so, recommended to the responsible authorities.

 

If the Supreme Court adopts the state government's statistics, it will create an opening for the reinstatement of the OBC community's 27 percent political reservation, which was abolished last year because it exceeded the 50 percent quota maximum. This will be used in the next elections for municipal corporations in Mumbai, Thane, Navi Mumbai, Nashik, Pune, Pimpri-Chinchwad, and a few other cities, as well as Zilla Parishads throughout the state. Following that, the state government issued an ordinance giving OBC quota in local bodies with quotas below 50%, but the highest court again blocked it. "The state government has an OBC data prepared by the MSBCC, which was founded by the BJP-led administration to collect data on the Maratha group to offer quota," says the source. 

 

Furthermore, the government has statistics on scholarships awarded to OBCs in education and for students seeking further education, which will be presented as well. The state government had petitioned the Supreme Court to allow elections based on data on other backward classes that the state already had." Furthermore, according to Bhujbal, the founder of Samata Parishad, the state government will have the right to select and include OBCs in their separate lists under the constitutional change, as stated in the review petition. Hari Narke, an expert on OBC quotas, said the Supreme Court had provided significant relief to the OBC community and the Maha Vikas Aghadi government. The state government has won a huge win.

 

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