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Maratha quota: Parents keep away kids from schools in Parbhani

Press Trust of India  |  Parbhani 

community members from at least two villages in Maharashtra's district have stopped sending their children to schools in support of the quota demand.

The families, most of them farmers from Sarola Budruk and Takalgavhan villages in Pathri taluka, feel that sending their wards to schools is of no use, as there are no jobs in government.

At least 85 students of total 118 have not been attending the Zilla Parishad (ZP)-run primary and secondary school in Sarola Budruk village since August 4, a said today on the condition of anonymity.

"Of the 118 students, only 33 students had attended the school in the last two days," he said.

Some parents said today that they would not send their wards to schools until the announced reservation for the community in government jobs and

The parents today submitted a memorandum to the Block Development Officer (BDO) stating that "it is useless to send the children to schools, as there are no jobs available due to lack of reservation".

There are one or two private schools in Sarola Budruk village, apart from the Zilla Parishad school, which has population of around 3000-4000.

The attendance in the private schools is also very less, a said.

In Pathri, around 15,000 children about 9,000 from the Maratha community get free from Class 1 to Class 10 in 105 zilla parishad schools.

Similarly, parents in Takalgavhan village, with population of around 5000, stopped sending their children to schools from August 4.

Hundreds of students from various schools in Pathri and other villages yesterday participated in a peaceful agitation, led by a Maratha reservation group, in front of the tehsil office in Pathri.

The Sakal Matatha Morcha has been holding the agitation in district for quota in government jobs and since July 19.

During yesterday's protests, many students spoke passionately about how their parents had suffered in absence of dedicated reservation for the community.

The students yesterday submitted a memorandum to Umakant Pardhi demanding quota.

The agitation passed off peacefully, said police inspector

Vilas Patil, a from a school in Pathri, said the students had joined the protest after attending their schools.

The politically-influential Maratha community, constituting around 30 per cent of Maharashtra's population, has been agitating to press their demand for reservation in jobs and education under the OBC category.

The community, which had held violent protests in various parts of the state last month, has warned of fresh wave of protests from August 9, if the fails to grant them quota by then.

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First Published: Tue, August 07 2018. 18:35 IST