The Center had included the rule of 27 percent OBC and 10 percent EWS reservation in medical admission in 2021. It is being implemented from NEET 2021 itself. But medical students are opposing it. He says that this rule should not be implemented immediately.
Hearing is going on in the Supreme Court on the issue of OBC and Economically Weaker Sections (EWS Reservation) in NEET PG 2021 for Medical PG course admission, and on the first day the petitioners told the court that the Center’s decision regarding admission The latest report “justifies” the income threshold that no study was conducted before the income was fixed in 2019.
8 lakh annual income criterion for Economically Weaker Sections (EWS) reservation in NEET PG 2021 (All India Quota) has been challenged in the Supreme Court and the hearing is going on. The hearing is to be held in the court on Thursday as well.
Was any exercise done: Petitioner
Senior advocate Arvind Datar, appearing for some of the petitioners, told a bench headed by Justice DY Chandrachud, “They are justifying the limit of Rs 8 lakh and we have a lot to say about it.” The basic question is whether any exercise was done. Now in this affidavit they admit that no exercise was done. Only now did he act.’
Arvind Datar was referring to the affidavit filed on December 31 last year asking the Center to implement NEET-PG (All India Quota) for the current admission cycle, and the income ceiling from the next admission cycle. A committee was constituted for Rs.
Petition in SC against the decision of the Center
Datar said the government memorandum containing the Rs 8 lakh criterion was issued on January 17, 2019, just days after the 103rd amendment to the Constitution that introduced EWS reservation. So in a span of few days, they also announced EWS criteria along with income criteria. He told the bench of Justice AS Bopanna that no discussion was held before fixing the EWS income limit.
“They didn’t put any study or anything on record (before the court) as to how they reached the limit of Rs 8 lakh. No application made.” He further said, “The present report justifies this, but no study has been done. This will affect everyone and it was done without any study.”
The Center had included the rule of 27 percent OBC and 10 percent EWS reservation in medical admission in 2021. It is being implemented from NEET 2021 itself. But medical students are opposing it. He says that this rule should not be implemented immediately from 2021. A petition has been filed regarding this.
Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, during the hearing, reiterated the affidavit filed by the Center on 31 December 2021 before the bench in which the government had said that the income limit of 8 lakhs for EWS reservation should be retained. On this, Justice Chandrachud told SG Mehta that “On November 25, you said that you will reconsider the criterion of 8 lakh income limit. You have also filed your affidavit. So today we will give a chance to the counsel for the petitioner. Today we will listen to them. Will hear you tomorrow.”
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