Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis announced the State Government’s decision of bringing in a new law that will provide for reservation of a special category, for orphans aspiring to take part in competitive exams.
During his address at an awards function organized by the Mantralaya Vidhimandal and Vartahar Sagha, the Minister said, “A young, bright orphan girl approached me recently. The student wants to crack the Maharashtra Public Service Commission (MPSE). Now, she has scored well. But under the general category, she does not qualify. She is short of a few marks. But if we consider her case under reservation, she qualifies for the MPSC. The dilemma is that if we should consider orphans under the general category. I personally feel that such cases, where orphans students are unaware of their parents’ identities, should be accommodated under the special category. But at the moment, there is no legal or constitutional provision to support the theory. It has got us thinking. I feel it is our duty to provide a solution and help the child fulfill her dreams. Therefore, we have decided to evolve a special act to accommodate orphan students under special category reservation”.