Medical OBC quota not possible this year – Centre

16.10.2020

Earlier, the Tamil Nadu government and various political parties representing the state had appealed the Apex Court to direct the Centre to implement 50% reservation for the current academic year (2020-2021).

During the last hearing on Tuesday (13.10.2020) the Bench constituting Justice Nageshwara Rao, Justice Hemanth Gupta and Justice Ajay Rastogi had directed the Centre to file its reply on this issue.

This quota issue triggered protest among the political parties in Tamil Nadu. The DMK president Stalin MK said that “vengeful attitude of the BJP-led Centre against reservation,”

Following this the National Medical Commission and the Centre informed the Supreme Court on Thursday (15.10.2020) that it is not possible to extend reservation benefits to the OBCs in medical and dental seats contributed towards the All India Quota by State government-run colleges in Tamil Nadu this year.

This comes as a huge blow for the community that felt that it had tasted victory when the Madras High Court had stated a few months ago that there was nothing standing in the way of implementing OBC reservations in medical seats and that a committee should be formed to ensure that proper implementation takes place.

Appearing before a Bench led by Justice L. Nageswara Rao, Advocate Gaurav Sharma the National Medical Commission said, “students had filled their applications forms of NEET in January-February itself. They also filled the category under which they were applying. The NEET results which is expected to release on October 16 will also show this category only. The OBC reservation was not open then in January-February” said Mr. Sharma.

Further Mr. Sharma submitted that “implementing this OBC quota for this year in Tamil Nadu is not possible”.

In August, 17 days after the Madras High Court passed an order directing the Government of India to form a committee to ensure implementation of 50 percent reservation for OBCs in medical seats, the Health and Family Welfare department even announced their nominee to the committee. Dr P Umanath, IAS, the Managing Director of the Tamil Nadu Medical Services Corporation had been nominated from the state to be on the committee.

Even The Tamil Nadu government including several political parties approached the Supreme Court in June seeking the proper implementation of OBC reservation in All India Medical quota.

The High Court had not wanted to disturb the admission process this year. Thus, The Supreme Court on Thursday finally reserved the case for its order.

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