ews: SC allows NEET-PG medical counselling with OBC, EWS quotas | India News

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Friday allowed resumption of NEET-PG medical counselling process for admissions to 2021-22 academic session with 27% OBC and 10% EWS quota, as per existing criteria.
The apex court upheld the constitutional validity of the quotas for the NEET-UG and NEET-PG but said it would adjudicate the rationale of Rs 8 lakh income criteria for EWS category in March-April this year.
The Centre promised that EWS criteria would be tweaked from nxt yr as per recommendation of Ajay Bhushan Pandey committee.
A bench of justices DY Chandrachud and AS Bopanna had reserved its order on Thursday and asked the parties to file their written submissions for consideration.
Solicitor General Tushar Mehta told the apex court that he would like to dispel the confusion that there is a change in the rules of the game midway. Senior advocates Arvind Datar and Shyam Divan appeared in the court on behalf of some of the candidates.
The Centre had told the apex court on Wednesday that it would not accept a position whereby those falling in the OBC or the EWS category, whether before or after the exercise of revisiting the criterion of Rs 8 lakh annual income, are deprived of something that is legitimately due to them.
The NEET-PG candidates, who have challenged a July 29, 2021 notification for the implementation of the OBC and the EWS quotas from the 2021-22 academic year, opposed the government’s justification of applying the Rs 8 lakh income criterion, saying no study has been conducted on it.
Large-scale protests were held by resident doctors of various hospitals under the banner of the Federation of Resident Doctors’ Association (FORDA) in Delhi and other parts of the country over the delay in the NEET-PG counselling, which has been postponed due to the pendency of the case and the Centre deciding to revisit the criterion for the determination of the EWS quota.
(With inputs from agencies)

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