Counseling for Row 2021 is about to end with the Economically Weak Division (EWS) criteria for NEET PG, showing no signs of ending. Currently, the Supreme Court is hearing a legal battle, arising from the Centre’s decision to fix Rs 8 lakh as income cap to determine eligibility for quota. The apex court will hold a final hearing in July.
The court hearing on the quota application was delayed due to summer vacation. While listing the matter, a bench of the apex court comprising Justice DY Chandrachur, Justice Surya Kant and Justice PS Narasimha said that the case needs to be heard by a three-judge bench only after the summer recess in July.
EWS quota row
A group of NEET PG candidates in the apex court challenged the Centre’s move to set Rs 8 lakh as income limit for eligibility under EWS quota. Senior advocate Arvind Datar, representing the candidates, said the government had lifted the cap of Rs 8 lakh, which was earlier earmarked for another backward class (OBC) cream layer and was adopted for NEET PG 2022 for EWS.
Earlier, the Center had appointed a panel to determine the criteria for eligibility for EWS quota. The three-member committee included former finance secretary Ajay Bhushan Pandey, ICSSR member secretary VK Malhotra and chief economic adviser Sanjeev Sanyal. The panel has recommended Rs 8 lakh as income limit to qualify for the quota.
On January 20, the apex court in its rational order stated that merit cannot be reduced in the narrow definition of performance in competitive examinations which only provides formal equality of opportunity while maintaining 27% reservation for OBCs in all-India quota seats. NEET-UG and NEET-PG medical courses.