Pune: A mob of around 7,000 protesters gathered outside the district collector’s office on Thursday morning to raise their demands of quota in education and government jobs on the second anniversary of the Maratha Kranti Morcha.
While most of the protesters departed by Thursday evening, a group of 200 protestors continued to protest on the premises of the district administration. Despite District Collector Naval Kishore Ram giving them assurance of hearing to their demands, they continued their protest.
The protesters had come from different parts of Pune and nearby districts including Satara, Sangli and others.
They submitted a list of their demands to the district collector. The protesters demanded that the State should immediately furnish details of the social, educational and political status of the Maratha community to Maharashtra State Commission for the Backward Classes.
Many colleges have failed to provide benefits of Rajarshi Chhatrapati Shahu Maharaj Scheme and government should take action against such colleges. The protesters also demanded reservation for government land for ‘Maratha Bhavan’ in each district and speeding up the process of building hostels for Maratha students.
“The Annasaheb Patil Arthik Magas Vikas Mahanandal loan scheme has a lot of hassles and the process should be made smooth so that members of Maratha community will be able to benefit from the scheme. The cases filed against Maratha protesters should be taken back by the government,” stated the list of demands by the protesters. The protesters also demanded that Maratha-Kunbi caste should easily get caste certificate and revenue department should make the process of getting caste certificates smooth.
While District Collector Naval Kishore Ram accepted the list of demands, some protesters refused to leave the premises of the collectorate and continued their protest. Ram said that the government is working on the list of demands of the protesters.
Jayvant Jadhav, one of the protesters, who had come from Sangli, said that the government should restructure the reservation rules and implement the reservation based on economic strata in the society.
A large number of youths participated in the protest. Rohit Vaval, another protester said that the Maratha community held 58 silent protests but the government did not pay heed to our demands. “The Maratha community needs the reservation,” Vaval further added.