The opposition benches on Wednesday remained empty as the members boycotted Maharashtra Assembly proceedings on the last day of winter session over the issue of no reservation to Muslims in education and government jobs.
The Maharashtra Assembly on Tuesday passed a bill providing 16 per cent reservation for the Maratha community in education and government jobs but it left out the Muslims, leading to a vociferous protest by the opposition.
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Friday said the government has decided to give six per cent reservation to ex-service men in recruitment in police force and provide land at low cost for establishment of their colonies.
Terming BJP as the party of capitalist forces, BSP chief Mayawati today alleged that the saffron party-led Central government was eroding the institution of reservation meant for the downtrodden people to benefit those who funded the party during elections.
In a landmark judgment Patna High Court has set aside notifications by Bihar government which provide reservation to SC, ST and Backward Castes in Bihar Civil Services (Judicial Branch) and Bihar Superior Judicial Service along the lines of other state services.
In addition to the existing 30 per cent job reservation for women in all Gujarat state government jobs, Gujarat Chief Minister Anandi Patel announced a three per cent reservation here on Monday, taking total job reservation for women, to 33 per cent.
In what is welcome news for lakhs of ex-servicemen, the government has removed a major hurdle to their post-retirement employment and allowed them to avail of the benefit of reservation in all civil jobs they apply.