Maharashtra Cabinet on Wednesday approved a proposal to amend the draft ordinance to provide reservation to Other Backward Classes (OBCs) in Maharashtra’s local body elections. The Chief Minister’s Office said that the changes in the draft were cleared during the cabinet meeting.
The state government had sent the draft of the ordinance to Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari for approval. Koshyari had objected to some part of the ordinance. After this, the proposal to change it present in the cabinet meeting.
In March this year, the Supreme Court put up OBC reservations in some local bodies in the state. On the ground that concrete data is not available to justify the percentage of reservations. The top court had also said that the total reservation should not exceed 50 percent. So far, OBCs have been getting 27 percent reservation in elections to municipal bodies and district councils.
Despite this, the Maharashtra government led by Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray had decided to implement OBC reservation through an ordinance on the lines of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. However, the State Law and Justice Department entitle the decision to fix the electoral quota for OBCs through an ordinance. As legally unreasonable and advised the state government to first seek permission. From the Supreme Court as the matter was sub-judice.
Due to this, clarification probe from Governor Koshyari on the ordinance. Due to this, on Wednesday, the state cabinet approved the proposal to improve the ordinance and asked to prepare a new draft of the ordinance.
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