New Delhi, Online Desk. The petition challenging the reservation for OBC and EWS candidates in 50% of All India quota seats in NEET PG 2021 counseling could not be heard in the Supreme Court today, even on 23 November 2021. The matter has now been listed for hearing on November 25, 2021, as one of the judges of the division bench hearing the matter is on leave.
The process of NEET PG 2021 counseling to be conducted for admission to PG courses in medical education institutions across the country is pending for almost a month. The counseling process for admission to 50% of the All India Quota (AIQ) seats for the candidates declared successful in the NEET PG 2021 examination by the Medical Counseling Committee was to begin from October 25, 2021.
hearing was to be held today
However, after the announcement of reservation for OBC and EWS category candidates in AIQ seats by the Central Government and the Medical Counseling Committee, a petition challenging this decision has been filed in the Supreme Court. The petition was to be heard today, 23 November 2021, which was to be held on 16 November last week, but was postponed till today due to unavoidable reasons. It was believed that the decision can be given by the top court today to start the medical PG admission process which has been pending for a month.
Earlier, during the hearing on the matter held on October 21, 2021, a division bench of Supreme Court Justices Justice DY Chandrachud and Justice BV Nagarthan had said that counseling without the court’s decision on the matter would create problems for the students. Subsequently, on October 26, the Center in an affidavit filed by the Union Government’s Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment in the Supreme Court stated that the EWS category for reservation in NEET PG 2021 admissions was prescribed for the annual income of Rs 8 lakh. The limit is correct and the principle of fixing the amount is reasonable and in accordance with Articles 14, 15 and 16 of the Constitution.
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