NEET PG Counselling: The Supreme Court stated on Friday, in an interim order, that it will enable NEET PG Counselling for the years 2021-2022 based on current EWS and OBC reservations. This is a huge relief for doctors. In the All-India Quota (AIQ) seats for admission in the NEET for all medical seats as existing criteria this year, the Supreme Court said it will allow 27% reservation for Other Backward Class (OBC) and 10% reservation for Economically Weaker Section (EWS) in the All-India Quota (AIQ) seats for admission in the NEET for all medical seats.
On March 5, the Supreme Court will hear petitions challenging the 8 lakh income threshold for the EWS. “The EWS criterion for NEET-PG for the academic year 2021-22 shall be as notified, and it will be subject to final judgment in the future,” the Supreme Court stated.
The interim ruling will be accompanied by comprehensive reasons, according to a bench of justices DY Chandrachud and AS Bopanna, and NEET-PG counselling for the academic year 2021-22 shall proceed according to the criteria already announced.
The bench stated that the legitimacy of the 8 lakh criteria for determining EWS in future years will be subject to the final adjudication of the batch of petitions, and set the date for the final hearing on March 5.
Meanwhile, the Centre recently told the Supreme Court that adding OBC and EWS reservations after the NEET-PG test notice was issued does not equate to “changing the rules of the game” in the middle of the game.
The Centre’s Solicitor General Tushar Mehta told a panel of justices DY Chandrachud and AS Bopanna that the contention that OBC reservation is unconstitutional is legally impossible.
“First and foremost, I’d like to debunk the myth that the game’s rules have changed in the middle. We’re not going to move the goalposts. The rules of the game have not changed. The regime that is the subject of this challenge has been in place since 2019 “Mehta handed in his application.
Mehta justified the adoption of the 8 lakh income threshold for the EWS group by claiming that the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment made the decision after much consideration. He argued that a candidate’s performance in an examination is unaffected by the reserve, and that a student must give it his all.
Thus Supreme Court favors the doctors on NEET PG Counselling this time.
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