Maharashtra State Cabinet approved 16 percent reservation to Maratha community and 5 percent to Muslims in government jobs and educational institutions in the state.
The reservation is applicable only for non-creamy layer of these communities and will be implemented immediately. This will not affect the previous reservation scheme 52 percent in the State and with this the overall reservation has now increased to 73 percent.
The Chief Minister of Maharashtra Prithviraj Chavan said that the reservation has been granted on the basis of backwardness of the community, but not on the lines of religion.
The decision was taken on recommendations of Sachar Committee and Ragnath Mishra Commission on social, educational and economic backwardness of Muslims.
Population of the two communities in the State has about 110 million people. Out of this Marathas population constitutes 32 percent and Muslims population constitutes 5 percent.
Andhra Pradesh was the first State to provide 4% reservation to Muslims in 2007 which was later quashed down by the respectable High Court terming it is unsustainable and violative of Article 14, 15(1) and 16 (2) of the Constitution.