NEET PG: Hearing on OBC and EWS reservation in Supreme Court today, decision on NEET counseling will be done soon

The Supreme Court will hear today a petition challenging the July 29 notification of the Center and the Medical Advisory Committee (MCC) to provide 27 per cent reservation to OBCs and 10 per cent to EWS students in the All India Quota Medical. The Center had said in the last hearing that NEET PG counseling will not start until the Supreme Court decides on the validity of reservation for OBCs and EWS. 50% seats in postgraduate courses in medical and dental colleges are allotted through a central medical counseling process. NEET PG counseling for 50 per cent AIQ seats was scheduled to begin from October 25, but was postponed by the MCC following a Supreme Court directive.

Many candidates are also worried about the delay in the entire admission process and say that it could be a waste of an academic year if the NEET PG 2021 counseling is not started soon.

A bench of Justices DY Chandrachud and BV Nagarathna recorded the assurance and said that if counseling takes place before the court’s decision, “students will face a serious problem”. Justice Chandrachud said, “We will listen to you till the counseling of the students is done. We will accept your point of view that till we decide some way, the counseling is not starting, otherwise the students would have a serious problem.”

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On October 21, the Supreme Court had asked the Center whether it wanted to make any amendments in the annual income limit of Rs. The court had also asked the government to clarify the eligibility for OBC and EWS category candidates in NEET PG counselling.

Subsequently, on 26 October, the central government clarified the annual income of 8 lakhs for the EWS category in the court. For this, an affidavit has also been filed before the Supreme Court by the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, saying that the principle of fixing the amount is reasonable and is in accordance with Articles 14, 15 and 16 of the Constitution.


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