Over 13% of state staff are Marathas, shows government data

01st August, 2018

MUMBAI: The representation of the Maratha community in the state government and other semi-government establishments including local bodies, aided educational institutions, corporations and commissionerates is over 13%, data compiled by the state government and handed over to CM Devendra Fadnavis on Tuesday has revealed.

Of more than 15 lakh approved posts in all, Marathas occupy over 2 lakh, which is over 13%, according to the data. Of the total posts, over 11 lakh have been filled, and if the percentage of Marathas is to be calculated based on filled posts, it comes to over 18%. The remaining posts have been filled by members of other communities, including those from reserved and open category.

After the fresh quota stir intensified, Fadnavis asked for data of all employees to get an idea about the caste’s representation in government jobs. The state has 52% reservation: 19% for OBCs, 13% for SCs, 7% for STs, and 13% for Special Backward Classes (SBCs). An official said the state had crossed 50% reservation before the Supreme Court directive that the overall quota could not exceed 50%.

The Maratha Kranti Morcha called the data misleading. “The government should make the data public. Our information is that only 8% employees are Marathas,” alleged Raghunath Chitre-Patil, a convenor of the Morcha. He alleged the government was showing the combined figure of staffers from the open category and the Maratha community to mislead the public.
Of over 7,000 posts in Mantralaya, 4,949 have been filled. Of these, 1,144 are occupied by Marathas, the data stated. The highest number of Marathas are in police service --over 42,000 out of over a lakh posts --while the least are employed as nonteaching staff in non-agriculture colleges (180 out of 2,500 posts).


Source : timesofindia.indiatimes.com