Thursday, February 2, 2023

Plea filed in SC seeking direction to implement 27% reservation for OBC’s in Post Graduate Medical Seats of the 50% All India Quota

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A petition has been filed in Supreme Court seeking directions to the appropriate Government to implement the 27% reservation for Other backward Classes in Post Graduate Medical Seats of the 50% All India Quota.

The petition  filed by  Dr. Anbumani Ramadoss, former Minister for Health and Family Welfare, has submitted that the Union  Government vide Order dated 13.08.1990, had declared that it would provide 27 per cent reservations to socially and educationally backward classes for jobs in central services and public undertaking.

Thereafter the said Government Order was challenged before the Supreme Court, however the Court in   Indra Sawhney and Others v. Union of India, upheld the constitutionality, validity and enforceability of the Government Order  

The petitioner has submitted that according to reports, “27 per cent reservation was not provided to the Other Backward Classes (OBCs) in the All India Quota (AIQ) seats for undergraduate and postgraduate medical courses in the academic years 2017-18, 2018-19 and 2019-20.”

Moreover in the year 2018-19, only 220 OBC candidates were admitted to postgraduate courses while they had claim over 2,152 of the 7,982 seats.

The petitioner has further stated that “in  the last few years, the OBCs are denied reservations both in PG/UG medical seats under All India Quota. Thus, they are denied 3000 seats every year which are transferred to General Category. During this current admission year 2020-21 also, the OBCs are not given reservation for the seats pooled from the States.”

The petitioner contended that he had represented the Union Minister, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, regarding the implementation of 27% reservation to the Other Backward Classes, however the ministry replied that the issue was pending before the Supreme court. The ministry further informed that rules regarding reservations in medical colleges are in place but as the OBC quota differs from state to state, the Centre are unable to decide which one to follow.

India Legal Bureau

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