Supreme Court upholds OBC quota in medical courses

Digital Desk, New Delhi. The Supreme Court Thursday granted Central government officials to offer 27 percent of the reservation for OBCs, and 10 percent for economically weaker sections (EWS) for All India Quota (AIQ) medical course seats. The court ruled reservations are not in opposition to merit, but it does increase the distribution impact.

Justice D.Y. Chandrachud stated that tests for competition do not reveal the economic social advantages enjoyed in certain categories. The test should be socially relevant. In a detailed explanation of its decision, the supreme court stated that reservation is not contrary to merit but it should be interpreted as a distributional effect.

The bench stated that when a case is involving constitutional interpretation the judicial propriety principle does not permit the court to halt the quota in the event that counseling process has not begun. A petitioner group comprised of Neil Aurelio Nunes moved the high court to challenge this Centre’s decision on July 29 2021 announcement to establish an OBC in addition to the EWS reservation in the NEET-all India postgraduate courses starting in this academic year .

The supreme court pointed out the need for judicial intervention at this time could delay admissions this year, and could result in litigation. The court said that we are still in middle of the pandemic , and that’s why the country requires doctors. The highest court also said that Pradeep Jain decision can not be read as being a reservation for AIQ seats.

In relation to EWS allocation the court noted that the argument of the petitioners did not only concern the quota in AIQ however, it was also based on the guidelines that the central government has adopted. The court emphasized that this matter needed a thorough hearing, the bench set the issue for a further hearing on the last week in March in this year’s. The decision in detail will be made available later in the day.

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