The anti-reservation movement to protest against the State government decision to provide 10 per cent reservation to economically weaker section is gaining momentum, very much similar to the movement in 2006.
Several agitations were staged in 2006 to protest against the then government decision to provide reservation to other backward classes (OBC).
Recently a huge rally was taken out at Akola. Anti-reservation groups, led mainly by doctors, claimed that the rally, taken out with a theme ‘Save Merit, Save Nation’ was a huge success. A meeting is being convened in Nagpur at Jaivik Hall, Orange City Hospital, to chalk out strategy for the future course of action today. Noted doctors and anti-reservation activists will take part in the meeting.
According to agitators, the seats available for open category students have steadily declined in the last 35 years, with the government granting reservation to several classes. In Maharashtra, the quota has gone beyond 78% with the Socially and Economically Backward Classes (SEBC) and Economically Weaker Sections (EWS) reservations, violating the 50% cap set by the Supreme Court.
Nearly 17 doctors of Nagpur will take part in the meeting. This included Dr Sanjay Deshpande, Dr. Ragini Mandlik, Dr. Anup Marar, Dr. Vivek Harkare, Dr Dinesh Singh, Rajendra kulkarni, Dr Vivek Bhalerao, Dr Sameer S Jahagirdar, Dr Smita Harkare, Dr. Abhijeet Ambhaikar , Dr. Chaitanya Shembekar, Dr Ajay Deshpande, Dr Sachin Khandekar, Dr Vishram Buche, Dr K. S. Rajan, along with Dr. Hemant Rahatekar, Dr Archana Deshpande, Laghvendu Shekhar, Bindu Marar and Shyam Godani.