Thursday, 28 October 2021

Centre to reply in three weeks on OBC reservation in Maharashtra

Centre to reply in three weeks on OBC reservation in Maharashtra

Maharashtra government has filed a petition seeking caste-based census details for OBC reservation will find out by the (SC) Supreme Court on September 23.

The officials said.

The central government said to the Apex court on Tuesday that they would file the reply on the petition in the upcoming next three weeks,

To restore political reservation for the OBC caste in local bodies, the state government has sought Socio-Economic Caste Census (SECC) details of Maharashtra from the Central government by filing a writ petition in the Apex court last month.

On Tuesday, the bench of justice AM Khanwilkar and Justice Sanjiv Khanna heard the petition.

OBCs are on the edge of losing their political reservation in local bodies across Maharashtra as the Apex court quashed it in March and in May its review petition.

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The Apex court has judged that the reservation favors the OBC in local bodies should not exceed the 50% cap in reservation allocation set on by it. It has further pointed the state government to appoint a dedicated commission for collecting actual data, based on which the reservation allocation of the community is fixing.

“The Apex court has also asked Maharashtra government to run after the Centre for SECC data of Maharashtra that was running in 2011. Following the directives, the state government sought the matter with them.

A senior official from the law and judiciary department said

Since there was no reply, the Maharashtra government has decided to file the petition before SC seeking its directives to the registrar general and census commissioner, ministry of social justice and empowerment and rural development to provide the caste-based data of Maharashtra,”

On July 5, the state legislature passed a resolution seeking empirical data by the Centre, collected under Socio-Economic Caste Census 2011, to restore the political reservation to OBCs.

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