Published: Fri, August 11, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Mega Maratha Kranti March for quota in jobs, colleges begins

Mega Maratha Kranti March for quota in jobs, colleges begins

He also added that the Maratha community will be offered those benefits which are now availed by the OBC community.

Training to three lakh wards of farmers, under the Skill Development Act; and Rs 5 crore for building hostels for Maratha students in every district, in addition to providing land for it, were also announced. Shubhangi pointed out how reservations has helped other communities that have had a smooth sailing. But these incentives didn't quite match up to the community's expectations.

The Marathas, under the MKM banner, displayed their strength through a "silent protest" at Azad Maidan in south Mumbai.

It was the community's 58th protest in a year.

Rising unemployment and falling incomes are driving farming communities across India to redouble calls for reservations of jobs and education, especially for the underprivileged Maratha community in western India.

The community also started protesting after the gangrape and murder of a Maratha girl in Koparadi village past year in July.

Maharashtra revenue minister Chandrakant Patil spoke to Afternoon Voice and said, "The government is in talks with the Centre to provide assured support prices to the agricultural produce. Now they have to take concrete steps to save us and our families".

Pooja More, who also spoke at Azad Maidan, said, "If you [government] can't punish the accused for the rape and murder of the Kopardi girl, hand hem over to us". More than 10,000 uniformed policemen and plainclothesmen were present - as part of the elaborate arrangements made by the Home department. However, despite the aggression, the next step for the community remains unclear and uncharted. Maratha Kranti Morchas are being held since a year across Maharashtra but Mumbai's rally garnered much attention. There were also indications that this was the final morcha, indicating they were satisfied with the government's response. Fadnavis said the trial in the case was being fast-tracked, and the government will ensure highest punishment for the perpetrators, reported The Indian Express.

"We want to send this message to Maharashtra and the authorities that the demands of the Marathas shall be fulfilled". There is nothing new. A circular issued by the school education department said, "Maratha Kranti Morcha has been organised on August 9". The State Government would submit to the Commission whatever inputs and it expected the commission to submit within a definite time-frame.

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