Amruta's father abandoned her when she was 2 years old
Amruta, 23, grew up at Matruchhaya, an orphanage in Ponda, Goa, where her father abandoned her when she was 2. She has never seen her parents again. She doesn't even remember how they look like anymore.
"While leaving me at Matruchhaya, my father put down my name in the register, that's how I have a name and a surname," Amruta told Times of India.
Parallel reservation is applicable under general category
Amruta, who will be taking the MPSC exam again, presented her situation before Fadnavis last December. As a result, the reform was decided in the state cabinet on January 17.
The new change, called parallel reservation, is applicable under the general category and won't affect caste reservation quota. Now, 1% of all the jobs under the general category will be reserved only for orphans.
Now the face of orphan quota in Maharashtra, Amruta has been chosen as the national social service (NSS) brand ambassador for development of villages for social activities. It's a government-funded public service program.
A hot property in the local speaker circuit, she is giving talks at NGOs and also working on a proposal to eliminate the concept of "orphans from the society".