At the outset, senior attorney Arvind Datar, who appeared before MBBS doctors, said the trial will take place in May and the results will be released after that.

The Supreme Court on Monday placed for final removal the petitions challenging the applicability of the Economically Weaker Section (EWS) criteria of Rs 8 lakh in NEET-PG 2022-23.

A bench of Judges DY Chandrachud and Surya Kant said: “We will put these cases in the month of April for final removal. We need to hear the case now and everything is in the law. Interested parties submit their detailed written submission. We have maintained the OBC quota of 27 percent and now we limit ourselves to EWS criteria only.”

At the outset, senior attorney Arvind Datar, who appeared before MBBS doctors, said the trial will take place in May and the results will be released after that.

“Please hear soon. Only EWS issue remains. If something needs to be filed on the part of the government, it must be submitted in advance to avoid adjournment. The pleas are fully on the case,” he said.

On February 14, the highest court had declined to plead for clarification on the applicability of the EWS criteria of Rs 8 lakh in NEET-PG 2022-23, stating that the case is under consideration and whatever it may be. decision will apply.

The highest court had said: “We have not stalled the process of determining the EWS criteria for next academic year. We have said that the EWS quota will be according to our order. We kept the case in March for deletion. It process cannot stop. Whatever we decide, it will apply”.

On Jan. 20, the Supreme Court had said in its reasoned order that merit cannot be reduced to narrow definitions of achievement in an open competition that provides only formal equal opportunity, as it maintained 27 percent reservations from other backward classes (OBC) in All India Quota (AIQ) seats in the NEET for UG and PG medical courses.

The bank justified allowing quotas for EWS on existing quotas for the current academic year: “We are still in the midst of the pandemic and any delay in recruiting doctors would impact its ability to manage the pandemic . It is therefore necessary to avoid further delays in the admission process and to start counseling immediately.”

As for the EWS quota, the Supreme Court had said it is a well-established legal principle that in cases challenging the constitutionality of legislation or a rule, the Court should be wary of issuing a preliminary injunction unless the Court is convinced that the rules are on the face of it arbitrary.

Listing the matter in the third week of March, the bank said: “As a result, we are allowing the implementation of EWS reservation in AIQ seats in NEET UG and PG seats for the academic year 2021-2022 The EWS category will be identified in view of the criteria in the Office Memorandum of 2019″.

On January 7, the highest court had cleared the way for starting the stalled NEET-PG 2021 guidance process based on the existing 27 percent OBC and 10 percent EWS reservations in the All India Quota seats, saying that a “urgent need”. to start the admission process.

The Center had formed a three-member committee, composed of Ajay Bhushan Pandey, former Financial Secretary, VK Malhotra, Member Secretary, ICSSR, and Sanjeev Sanyal, Chief Economic Adviser to the Center, to review the criteria for determining EWS.

The committee said in its report submitted to the Center on December 31 last year: “The current limit of gross annual income for EWS of Rs 8 lakh or less can be maintained. In other words, only those families whose annual income is up to Rs 8 lakh are eligible for the benefit of EWS reservation.” The Center has said it has decided to accept the panel’s recommendations to keep the current limit on gross annual household income for defining EWS at Rs 8 lakh or less.

It also told the court that according to the panel, household income is a “feasible criterion” for defining EWS, and in the current situation a threshold of Rs 8 lakh seems reasonable for the purpose.


This post EWS quota in NEET-PG: Supreme Court lists series of pleas for final hearing in April was original published at “https://www.financialexpress.com/education-2/ews-quota-in-neet-pg-supreme-court-lists-batch-of-pleas-for-final-hearing-in-april/2467022/”

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