Amendment after Governor’s objection to OBC reservation

Reservation also applies in Municipal Corporations

MUMBAI: A decision was taken in the state cabinet meeting on Wednesday to amend the ordinance to implement political reservation for Other Backward Classes (OBCs) in Zilla Parishads and Panchayats after objections raised by Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari before signing the ordinance. Political reservations were also imposed on the OBC community in municipalities and municipalities.

Loksatta on Wednesday reported that the governor had objected to the ordinance imposing political reservation on other backward classes. The objection raised by the governor was discussed at the cabinet meeting. Some changes were made accordingly. The Cabinet today approved to submit the proposal for reconsideration as per the directive given by the Governor subject to the court decision regarding reservation of backward class seats not to exceed 50 per cent and maximum reservation for backward classes of citizens up to 27 per cent. Following the objections raised by the Governor, the combined reservation of Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and Other Backward Classes will not exceed 50 per cent. With this amendment, the proposal will be sent back to the Governor. The government has also informed the governor that since the ordinance is subject to court decision, there is no need for re-approval of the apex court before the ordinance.

Similar to Zilla Parishads, it was decided to give political reservation to OBC community in Municipal Corporations and Municipalities.

Accordingly, the Cabinet approved to amend the Mumbai Municipal Corporation, Maharashtra Municipal Corporation, Municipal Council, Nagar Panchayat and Industrial Town Act. Accordingly, the reservation for backward classes will be kept at 27 per cent and the total reservation will not exceed 50 per cent and an ordinance will be issued in this regard, said Urban Development Minister Eknath Shinde.


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