Maratha quota: Maharashtra govt considering fee refund to students – education
The Maharashtra government is considering the option of reimbursing the fees of students who would have benefited from the Maratha reserve on admissions to medical schools, State Minister Amit Deshmukh said on Monday.
Deshmukh, who is the state’s minister of medical education, said his department will submit a proposal on the matter to the state cabinet.
The Supreme Court in September this year suspended the implementation of the Maratha quota in employment and education and referred the matter to a larger court.
Subsequently, the government of Maharashtra filed an application with a larger SC court, seeking vacation from stay in implementation of the quota.
The state government is thinking about how students who have been affected by the provisional suspension of the Supreme Court in the implementation of the Maratha quota can receive relief in admissions to medical education, Deshmukh told a television channel.
When asked if the government will reimburse his fees, he said: “… this (reimburse fees) could be an option and the proposal will be presented to the cabinet by the department of medical education.” “Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray ji will take one last call on it after the cabinet discusses it,” he said.
Deshmukh also said that the Maha Vikas Aghadi government, which comprises the Shiv Sena, the NCP and Congress, is committed to ensuring that students in the Maratha community do not suffer.
In September, the Supreme Court suspended the implementation of the Maharashtra law of 2018 granting reservations to Marathas in education and employment, but made it clear that the situation of those who have benefited from the benefits will not be affected.
The Socially and Educationally Backward Classes Act (ESCB) 2018 was enacted to grant reservations to people from the Maratha community in Maharashtra on jobs and admissions.
The Bombay High Court, although it upheld the law in June last year, held that the 16 percent reservation was not justifiable and that the quota should not exceed 12 percent in employment and 13 percent in admissions.