Mumbai: The Maharashtra Cabinet Friday gave its approval to promulgate an ordinance to amend the Socially and Educationally Backward Classes (SEBC) Reservation Act, 2018 to provide reservation to Maratha students in post- graduate medical courses.The cabinet also gave its approval to reimburse the fees to the candidates from the general category, who will be affected following the promulgation of the ordinance. A minister said the general category students can seek admission under management quota in private colleges. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra SinghThe Nagpur bench of the Bombay High Court had disallowed to grant 16 per cent reservation to Maratha community for admissions to post-graduate medical courses on the grounds that the admission process had begun much earlier. The Supreme Court had upheld the high court’s decision. Talking to reporters after the cabinet meeting, Revenue Minister Chandrakant Patil said the draft of the ordinance is being sent to the Governor for promulgation. “The ordinance will provide relief to those students who had already got admission under Maratha quota, but were affected after the process was stayed by the court. Now, the third round of the admission would start,” he said. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroadThose students from the general category, who will be affected, should try for admissions in private colleges and the government will reimburse their fees, he said. The students from open/general category should seek management quota and the government will assist them, Patil added. According to him, the state government will approach the Supreme Court to extend the admission time frame from May 25 to 31. “We will also seek additional 213 seats in the medical courses,” he said. A meeting has been scheduled on May 21 on this issue, the minister said, adding that demand from other states is also being addressed to. “We will move the court to seek reservation be appliedfor the additional seats,” he said. The minister also said the state government will file caveats in the Bombay High Court and its Aurangabad and Nagpur benches and the apex court to ensure the ordinance is not challenged. Meanwhile, a statement from the Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) said the cabinet also reviewed the drought situation, El-Nino effect, weather-related predictions, water storage in various dams, fodder availability and seeds stock. Currently, 5,493 tankers are in operation in 4,331 villages. Rs 162 crore have been given for fodder camps. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis directed to speed up issuance of ration cards in rural areas, especially in drought-prone areas. He also directed the local administration to ensure more works under the Employment Guarantee Scheme (EGS). Maratha students on Friday welcomed the Devendra Fadnavis government’s decision to amend the SEBC Reservation Act, 2018 to provide reservation to them in post-graduate medical courses. The students, however, said their protest would continue till they get joining orders from the Maharashtra Common Entrance Test (CET) Cell. The Nagpur bench of the Bombay High Court had earlier this month said 16 per cent reservation given to the Maratha community by the state under the SEBC category will not be applicable to admissions to the post-graduate (PG) medical and dental courses this year. The Supreme Court had upheld the verdict of the High Court. Following the apex court’s decision, the CET Cell had issued a notice of cancellation of admissions under the SEBC quota, which affected around 290 students from the state. “Until we get the order from Maharashtra CET cell to join colleges. we will continue with the protest,” Dr Sharad More, a protesting student, said.