Maharashtra Cabinet Approves Changes to Ordinance Draft on OBC Quota in Local Body Elections

23rd Sep,2021

Maharashtra Cabinet Approves Changes to Ordinance Draft on OBC Quota in Local Body Elections

After state Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari raised concerns about the proposal, the Maharashtra cabinet approved it on Wednesday. The proposal seeks to make changes to the ordinance order for reservation to the Other Backward Classes (OBCs) in local bodies. According to a statement released by the Chief Minister's Office (CMO), this decision was made during a cabinet meeting. The ordinance had been sent to Koshyari for his approval by the state administration. The Supreme Court reduced the OBC quota in some local governing bodies in the state in March this year, citing a lack of empirical data to support the reserve percentage.
According to the Supreme Court, overall reserve should not exceed 50%. OBCs used to get a 27% reservation in municipal electoral wards and zilla parishads (district councils). The Maharashtra government's plan to issue an ordinance providing OBCs with electoral quotas was determined to be legally insufficient, with the state law and judiciary department advising it to seek permission from the Supreme Court because the case is still pending. Following the Maharashtra governor's inquiry, the state cabinet approved the request to amend the order and prepare a new ordinance.
In addition, the cabinet resolved to use the multi-panel system in civic bodies including municipal corporations and municipal councils. The state's urban development agency pushed for this suggestion, according to the statement. Other recommendations include establishing a sugar museum in the state to highlight the role of the sugar sector in the state's development, as well as guaranteeing short-term sugar mill loans during the crushing season 2021-22.