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Maharaja Sayajirao Gaikwad’s progressive policies
Maharaja Sayajirao of Baroda State had adopted progressive policies. He made provision of free schooling and free hostels for the students from the untouchable tribal class. He also encouraged women’s education and also opened a centre for physical training of women. He started various social programs, such as community feasts for all castes (‘sahabhojan’), gram panchayat in every village, literate gram panchayat members, library in every village, compulsory primary education, compulsory physical training for boys and girls, ban on child marriage, widow remarriage, etc. He also provided courses based on agro-industries for students from farmer families. He passed a resolution for assuring a share in the ancestral property to married as well as widowed women.