The provision for granting additional reservation, beyond 50%, may be made. Although the Supreme Court has declined reservation in Government jobs beyond 50%, amendment in the Constitution may be made to facilitate reservation beyond these limits by the State Governments. The demand was major one, which was placed before Prime Minister Narendra Modi by Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thachekary, Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar and their colleague Ashok Chavan.
The delegation met Modi on Tuesday and held discussion on different issues relating to Maharashtra. Reservation to Maratha community was the major issue, which has pushed Maha Vikas Aghadi Government to tight corner.
Addressing a press conference at Delhi, after the meeting, Thackeray stated that about ten issues were discussed during the meeting with Modi. Besides making provision for granting reservation to Maratha community, removing hurdles in reservation to OBCs in elections of local self government institutions, crop insurance, reviewing compensation to natural disaster-hit persons, extending financial help for developing basic amenities in the state, releasing pending amount under the 14th Five Year Plan, nomination of 12 persons on Legislative Council by the Governor etc.
Although none of the three informed the media about any concrete assurance by Modi, they stated that he has assured to consider the demands sympathetically.
The outcome of the meeting was being eagerly awaited by media persons, only demands of the State Government were spelled out by Thackeray, Pawar and Chavan.
Clearance for Mumbai Metro Parking project, which was shifted from Arey Colony to Kanjur Marg and financial help was also sought by the CM.
While granting compensation to recent storm-hit people in Mumbai and Konkan, the parameters last fixed in 2015, may be reviewed. Modi had announced financial help to those hit in Guijarat only. Similar compensation may be granted to the storm-hit in Maharashtra. The demand was discussed, Thackeray stated.
The press conference was held at Maharashtra Bhavan in Delhi.