The Supreme Court (SC) has decided to take up the hearing of the plea challenging the 27% reserved quota for Other Backward Classes (OBC) and 10% for the Economically Weaker Section (EWS) category today. The reserved categories mentioned above have 27% overall reserved seats for admission to postgraduate (PG) medical seats through NEET. The petitioners have sought to quash the July 29 notification announcing 27 per cent reservation for OBCs and 10 per cent reservation for EWS in the all-India quota (AIQ) starting 2021-22 academic session.
NEET PG counselling for 50% AIQ seats was scheduled to begin from October 2021 but the MCC had to postponed the entire schedule.
In the matter, the last hearing was done by a Bench of Justices DY Chandrachud, Vikram Nath and BV Nagarathna. Along with the hearing, an affidavit was also submitted to the SC saying that the counselling process will not begin until the matter is clear and the same income criteria was justified or determining the eligibility for EWS, OBC candidates.
The SC had questioned the Centre as to what exercise was undertaken to fix the annual income eligibility of Rs 8 lakh for the EWS category. Meanwhile, the Centre on October 26, 2021 had clarified to the apex court that the principle of fixing the amount is rational and in keeping with Articles 14, 15 and 16 of the Constitution.
Source: The Indian Express