Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government will table a new bill to allow 5 per cent reservation to Muslims in education in Maharastra, the state minister said on Friday. The bill will be tabled during the budget announcement of the state, said the Minority Affairs Minister Nawab Malik.
Malik, who is a member of the NCP, which is one of the parties besides Congress and Shiv Sena that together form the Maharastra government, said that the goverement is also taking legal advice to allow reservation to Muslims in jobs.
The previous government, a coalition between Uddhav Thackeray’s Shiv Sena and the BJP, didn’t give reservation despite a court order, Mr Malik said.
The reservation quota currently in Maharastra is well above what Supreme Court allows, and an additional 5 per cent quota to Muslims will take it higher. The quota crossed the Supreme court set mark after quotas to Marathas in education and jobs were introduced last year.
For the unknown, Marathas were given 13 per cent reservation in government jobs and educational institutions. The quota cap can’t exceed the 50 per cent limit set by the Supreme Court of India.