The Congress-NCP government in Maharashtra is against Other Backward Classes and is delaying implementation of an Act enabling reservation to OBC candidates in promotions, according to leader of Opposition in Maharashtra legislative assembly Eknath Khadse. The Act was passed in 2004 by the state but the government has failed to implement it while giving promotions to the OBC candidates, Khadse said. Almost 25% state government staff are OBCs. He pointed out to remarks by some IAS officials, saying promotions in government jobs on the basis of the caste are unconstitutional despite the Act being in force in the state. There have been several debates in the legislature on the issue during last 10 years, Khadse said. He added that every time, the state government assured the Legislature that it would implement the Act during promotions of OBCs but failed to do so. Now the government says that the state advocate general and law and judiciary department secretary are against reservation for OBCs. Actually, it is mandatory for the state government to implement an Act which is passed in Legislature but these officials are giving adverse opinion to ensure OBCs are kept away from the ambit of reservations.
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