New Delhi: Following the Maharashtra government’s decision to grant 16 per cent reservation for the maratha community in government jobs and educational institutions, the brahman community in the state is now demanding survey of social and economic status of the community. The community has assured that it is not seeking any reservation.
The Akhil Bharatiya Brahman Mahasangh has asked government for a survey of brahmin community who make up to only 8 to 9 per cent of the population of the Maharashtra state. According to the ABBM, around 60 to 70 per cent of brahmans, especially those who stay in rural areas, are poor.
Anand Dave, president of Pune district unit of the ABBM, said, “It is widely believed that people from the brahmin community are well off. That is not true. Almost 60–70 per cent brahmans are poor, especially those living in rural areas.”
“The survey will clear the picture regarding the economic status of the brahman community. We are not seeking a survey on educational status. Education levels in the community are high, but financially they are not sound. Majority of brahmans, more so those living in rural parts of the state, are struggling to make ends meet,” he said.
Dave has asked for Maharashtra Backward Class Commission to take the survey of brahmin community. The members of the ABBM are planning to meet the Maharashtra chief minister, Devendra Fadnavis, soon to put forward their demands.