EWS Quota: Government constitutes committee to re-look at the criteria for determining the economically weaker sections.

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The Central Government has constituted a committee to review the criteria that allow reservation for economically weaker groups. The government informed the Supreme Court that it has determined to revisit the criteria. Three members have been appointed by the committee. They include the former chief of the finance department Ajay Bhushan Pandey, a member secretary of the Indian Council of Social Science Research VK Malhotra, and the principal economist for the state, Sanjay Sanyal. The committee was instructed to finish its work in three weeks.

 

Government constitutes committee: In an official memorandum released on Tuesday, The Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment stated that the government had committed in the Supreme Court to reconsider the assessment criteria used for those who are Economically Weaker Sections (EWS) under the Interpretation of Article 15 of the Constitution. The committee was accordingly established. The committee will review the criteria for determining the EWS category, keeping in mind the views made by the Supreme Court. The committee will also look at the different approaches used by the government to identify the Economically Weaker Sections. They will also recommend the criteria that should be used to determine the EWS category in the future.

 

The committee’s members include the former Finance secretary Ajay Bhushan Pandey. Indian Council of Social Science Research secretary member VK Malhotra, and the chief economic advisor to the government Sanjay Sanyal. The committee is instructed to finish its work in three weeks.

The apex court is hearing petitions of students seeking 27 percent reservation for Other Backward Classes (OBCs) in admission to medical courses in the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET-PG) for the current academic year and EWS. The notice issued on July 29 from the Center and the Medical Counseling Committee has been called upon to grant a 10% reservation.

 

Conclusion: The counsel for students (students) has argued that as a considerable amount of time has passed and the Center should halt the process of EWS reservation for the upcoming academic year, and commence counseling for this academic year. This committee will reconsider setting the criteria in mind the opinions from the Supreme Court. The committee will also review the different methods used to date in the country to identify economically weaker sections. They will also recommend the criteria to be followed to identify weaker sections in the future.

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