Maharashtra Govt considering refunding fee of students falling under Maratha quota

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The Maharashtra government is thinking of reimbursing the fees of the students who would have benefited from the Maratha quota while seeking admissions into the medical colleges in the state, as per a statement issued by Amit Deshmukh on Monday.

Deshmukh, who is the state medical education minister in Maharashtra, further said that his department has plans to move a proposal in this regard in front of the state cabinet. The Supreme Court in September this year stayed the implementation of the Maratha quota in jobs and education and referred the matter to a larger bench.

Now, the state government has been thinking of how students who have been affected by the Supreme Court”s interim stay on implementation of Maratha quota can be given relief in admissions to medical education, Deshmukh told a TV channel.

Deshmukh also said that the current government is committed to ensuring that the students belonging to the Maratha community do not suffer academically. The implementation of the Maratha quota was stayed by the Supreme Court after clarifying that the status of those who have availed of the benefits of this reservation will not be disturbed.

The Socially and Educationally Backward Classes (SEBC) Act, 2018 was enacted to grant reservation to people of the Maratha community in Maharashtra in jobs and admissions.

The Bombay High Court, while upholding the law in June last year, held that 16 percent reservation was not justifiable, and said quota should not exceed 12 percent in employment and 13 percent in admissions.