The issue of Maratha reservation may get trickier as a survey conducted by the state government has revealed that Marathas occupy 16% of the state government jobs.
“The representation of Marathas is fairly decent. Marathas number around 25 per cent of the population in the state. With this representation, they will not be able to demand reservation beyond a certain percentage as that would mean giving reservation not proportional to the strength of the community. This, in turn, would open the floodgate and result in similar demands by other castes,” said a state government official.
The state government will now carry out a sample socio-economic survey of Marathas in the state. The socio-economic survey will cover about 1 to 2 million families in the state and will begin from February 10.
The survey will be carried out at the district collectorate level. This is not all, the state government will also carry out an educational survey apart from the government jobs survey. These findings of the survey will be sent to the Centre for seeking reservations for the Maratha community.
“Though the survey of the percentage of Marathas in government jobs has been enumerated, the other surveys are yet to be completed. The percentage of Marathas in government jobs is fairly good. However, the same may not be the case in the education sector. The percentage of Marathas are fairly bad in higher education,” said a state government official, who is part of the committee to study the issue of reservation for Marathas in the education and job sector.
The Congress-NCP alliance government will have to take some measures to satisfy the demands of the community, which is now vocal about their demand before the elections.