Maratha community members stop sending children to schools amid quota demands
Maratha community members from at least two villages in Maharashtra's Parbhani district have stopped sending their children to schools in support of the quota demand.
At least 85 students of total 118 have not been attending the Zilla Parishad (ZP)-run primary and secondary school in Sarola Budruk village since August 4, a teacher said today on the condition of anonymity.
"Of the 118 students, only 33 students had attended the school in the last two days," he said. Some parents said today that they would not send their wards to schools until the state government announced a reservation for the Maratha community in government jobs and education.
The parents today submitted a memorandum to the Block Development Officer (BDO) stating that "it is useless to send the children to schools, as there are no jobs available due to lack of reservation".
The Sakal Matatha Morcha has been holding the agitation in Parbhani district for quota in government jobs and education since July 19.
During yesterday's protests, many students spoke passionately about how their parents had suffered in absence of dedicated reservation for the community.
The students yesterday submitted a memorandum to Deputy Collector Umakant Pardhi demanding quota.
The agitation passed off peacefully, said police inspector Vidyasagar Shreemanwar. Vilas Patil, a teacher from a school in Pathri, said the students had joined the protest after attending their schools.
The politically-influential Maratha community, constituting around 30 percent of Maharashtra's population, has been agitating to press their demand for reservation in jobs and education under the OBC category.
The community, which had held violent protests in various parts of the state last month, has warned of a fresh wave of protests from August 9, if the state government fails to grant them quota by then.
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