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Bill on quota in Pvt Professional insitutions tabled in Mah Assembly

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Mumbai, July 3 (UNI) A bill which aims to make special provisions for reserving 50 per cent seats for admission in private professional educational institutions was tabled in Maharashtra Legislative Assembly here today.

Minister for Medical Education Dilip Valse-Patil while introducing the bill said, '' The state government is aiming to protect the interest of the socially and educationally backward classes of citizenz and the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes in order to felicitate their admissions to private and professional educational institutions whether aided or unaided by the state other than the minority educational institutions.'' The Bill provides for reserving 50 per cent seats as per the following criteria: Scheduled Castes (SC)- 13 per cent, Scheduled Tribes (ST)-7 per cent, denotified tribes-3 per cent, notified tribes- 8 per cent and OBCs- 19 per cent.

The minister said the Supreme Court had in the case of P A Inamdar and others versus the Maharashtra government had held that the state government cannot require private educational institutions to reserve any seat for candidates belonding to SC/St, OBC and other such categories as was the policy ofthe state government prior to the judgement.

Later, the constitution was amended which empowers the state to make by law a special provision for advancement of any socially and educationally backward class, after which the state cabinet earlier this year took a decision to continue with the earlier policy of reservation in these institutions, Mr Patil said.

Accordingly, Governor S M Krishna had on June 16 promulgated an ordinance. The bill is intended to replace the ordinance.

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