In order to check the social, economic and educational backwardness of the Maratha community, the state Commission for Backward Classes has started a survey on war footing from January 23.
A survey has kicked off in various parts of Pune and Pimpri Chinchwad city, for the Maratha community. Pune residents have shared their thoughts on this initiative.
Manish Deo from Bavdhan expressed, “The survey is happening in some societies and areas of Bavdhan, specifically for Maratha community members. The government has given its approval, and I have no objections. The survey representatives have valid identity cards, so cooperation from everyone is essential.”
Maithili Manakwad, Secretary of Wanowrie Residents’ Forum, mentioned, “The survey has commenced in several areas of Wanowrie, with representatives visiting societies. The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has requested cooperation. To address skepticism, the PMC should provide valid IDs to survey representatives, and clear information should be circulated through newspapers. Clarity is crucial for everyone.”
Amit Abhyankar, Founder Member of Sahakarnagar Citizens’ Forum, shared his perspective, stating, “The survey is underway in Sahakar Nagar, but I believe such surveys may not be necessary at this time.”
Jigar Shah from Wanowrie questioned, “Is there an official PMC order for a caste survey? Someone at our society claimed to be from Maratha Arakshak Sangh, conducting a mandatory house-to-house survey on behalf of PMC. Politely, we declined without an official PMC notification.”
Vinod Salian from Mohammadwadi expressed, “Representatives visited our society for the survey. I believe reservations, especially caste-based, are unnecessary. There should only be schemes for extremely economically backward individuals with verified data. All opportunities should be open to everyone.”
The survey by the Commission for the Backward Classes commenced from 23rd of January and will continue up to 31st January and the survey of Maratha and non- Maratha open category will be carried on during the period. An estimated two crore 50 lakh families will be surveyed. Renowned institutions like Gokhale Institute, IIPS are going to assist in carrying out the survey.