SC accepts Banthia Commission report for OBCs in Local Body Elections in Maharashtra
On July 20, 2022, the Supreme Court of India accepted the report of the Jayant Kumar Banathia Commission on Reservation in Local Bodies.
The court has directed the Maharashtra State Election Commission to conduct elections according to this report.
It also directed to take steps to hold the stalled elections in the state on an urgent basis and to announce the schedule of elections in the next two weeks.
The Supreme Court was hearing a petition filed by Rahul Wagh against reservation in 2021.
Report of 'Jayant Kumar Banthia Commission’
This report has paved the way for OBC candidates in the local bodies elections in Maharashtra.
This commission has recommended 27 more reservations in local bodies. This recommendation has been accepted by the Supreme Court. Thus, OBCs will get 27% political reservation in the local self-government elections to be held in the state.
According to this report, reservation should be provided to OBCs in proportion to their population in every local body. However, this reservation should not affect the statutory reservation for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes. This is subject to the reservation limit of 50%.
The Jayant Kumar Banthia Commission is a six-member commission, set up by the Maharashtra government in March 2022 to look into the matter of reservation for Other Backward Classes (OBCs) in local bodies.
It submitted its report on 7 July 2022.
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