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PTI Last Updated at 07 Aug 2018, 17:08 IST India

Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra

Fadnavis said today that in no way jobs meant for the OBCs

would go to the candidates belonging to other categories.

Fadnavis' assurance came against the backdrop of

reports that the Other Backward Classes are opposing likely

inclusion of the Marathas in the OBC category for quota


The OBC community had reportedly demanded that the OBC

quota be raised from the current 19 per cent considering that

they make up 52 per cent of the state's population.

Fadnavis also announced that his government would

assess the extent of representation given to the OBCs in jobs

till date and take steps to address the backlog, if any, in a

time-bound manner.

He made these remarks at the third national convention

of the Rashtriya OBC Mahasangh held here.

"In no way, the seats meant for the OBCs would be

given to any other individual (from non-OBC category). The

seats meant for the OBCs will go to OBCs only," Fadnavis said.

In Maharashtra, the OBCs enjoy 17 per cent quota at


Fadnavis suggested that there was no exact information

available regarding the actual representation of the OBCs in

jobs till now, and said the state government would come out

with relevant details.

"If the representation is below the percentage of

quota alloted, then the backlog would be cleared in a

time-bound manner," the chief minister said.

The politically-influential Maratha community,

constituting around 30 per cent of Maharashtra's population,

has been agitating to press their demand for reservation in

jobs and education under the OBC category.

At present, the quota for various castes and

communities in Maharashtra is capped at 52 per cent, with

Scheduled Castes (13%), Scheduled Tribes (7%), OBCs (19%);

Nomadic, Denotified Tribes and Special Backward Category

together at 13%.

The OBCs had reportedly sought a comprehensive

socio-economic and caste census in Maharashtra to determine

the population of each community.

(This story has not been edited by Devdiscourse staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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