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Various schemes have been announced by the government for the ‘MARATHA COMMUNITY’ in response to their demands for reservation in the state

Various schemes have been announced by the government for the Maratha community in response to their demands for reservation in the state. Under these schemes, significant financial assistance has been provided to the Maratha community. Chief Minister Eknath Shinde, Deputy Chief Ministers Devendra Fadnavis and Ajit Pawar have led the efforts to make funds available for these schemes. Education-related initiatives have been given top priority, ensuring assistance for the education of the next generation of Marathas. The effective implementation of these schemes by the government has garnered appreciation from the Maratha community.

 

Key decisions taken for the welfare of the Maratha community include:

 

1. Financial assistance through the Annasaheb Patil Economic Development Corporation for personal and group loan interest waiver schemes, benefiting 74,873 beneficiaries with Rs. 65.59 billion in approved bank loans and distributing Rs. 608.12 crore in interest waivers.

2. Allocation of Rs. 3.35 crore for 35 group projects through the corporation.

3. Providing free land for the construction of the headquarters and six regional offices of the Sarathi Foundation, as well as 500 hostels for boys and girls in Pune, Latur, and Kolhapur.

4. Administrative approval for construction work worth Rs. 1,188.82 crore.

5. Distribution of maintenance allowances totaling Rs. 293 crore to 3,79,373 students under the Dr. Panjabrao Deshmukh Hostel Scheme.

6. Approval of Rs. 1,262 crore for vocational education for 17,54,494 students under the Rajarshi Chhatrapati Shahu Maharaj Shikshan Shulk Shishyavrutti Yojana.

7. Distribution of Rs. 31 crore to 32,639 students as scholarship for the Chhatrapati Rajaram Maharaj Sarathi Merit Scholarship Scheme, with an additional Rs. 42 crore distributed to 44,102 students this year.

8. Allocation of Rs. 21 crore for overseas scholarships for 75 students from the Maratha community.

9. Appointment of 1,553 candidates who had been awaiting employment in government services, along with decisions on recruitment procedures for 3,200 candidates in the MPSC and other government services, offering an open category option for recruitment, resulting in the appointment of a total of 4,700 candidates.

 

These measures aim to uplift the Maratha community and address their long-standing concerns, especially in the areas of education and employment.

A total of 58 students who received training over the past three years through the Sarathi scheme have been selected for various civil services, including 12 in the IAS, 18 in the IPS, 8 in the IRS, 1 in the IFS, 2 in the Indian Forest Service, 5 in the CAPF, and 12 in other services. Additionally, 304 students have been selected for the UPSC exams. Under the Sarathi Foundation’s postgraduate scholarship scheme (for Ph.D.), a total of Rs. 116.34 crore has been distributed to 2,109 Maratha students.

 

Among the 10% reserved seats in various educational programs under the EWS category, 78% of Maratha students have gained admission out of 31,000 students. Similarly, under the MPSC, 85% of Maratha candidates out of 650 have been appointed in government services.

 

Moreover, 36,726 students under Sarathi have been provided skill development training for employment and self-employment opportunities. Chief Minister Eknath Shinde has ensured effective implementation of various schemes, which has led to significant progress in their implementation.

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