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NEET-PG Counselling: The Center on Monday requested the Supreme Court for an urgent hearing on the Economically Weaker Section (EWS) quota in the NEET-AIQ matter instead of January 6. A bench headed by Justice D.Y. Chandrachud said that they will approach Chief Justice N.V. Will take advice from Ramana.Solicitor General Tushar Mehta submitted before the court that there is an urgent need for hearing and requested for hearing on the matter on Tuesday. Senior advocate Arvind Datar also requested the court for an early hearing.Justice Chandrachud pointed out that the matter was first heard by a three-judge bench, and the other two judges are sitting on a separate bench. Justice Chandrachud said, ‘I will talk to the Chief Justice.’ The top court also asked the Center to share the copy of the report with the petitioners.
The Center told the top court that the income criteria of Rs 8 lakh for determining EWS is much stricter than that of OBC creamy layer. The Center has accepted the report of the three-member panel constituted to reconsider the EWS norms.
“First of all, the EWS criterion pertains to the financial year preceding the year of application, while the income criterion for creamy layer in the OBC category is applicable to the gross annual income for three consecutive years,” the panel said in its report.
The panel said, “Secondly, in the case of fixing OBC creamy layer, salary, income from agriculture and traditional artisan occupations have been excluded, whereas for EWS, the criterion of Rs.8 lakh includes all agriculture. sources included. Hence, despite having the same cut-off number, their composition is different and hence, the two cannot be equated.
The panel was constituted on November 30. On November 25, the Center informed the Supreme Court that it has decided to revisit the criterion for the EWS criteria for an annual income limit of Rs 8 lakh and that a fresh decision will be taken within a period of 4 weeks.
The top court is hearing writ petitions challenging 27 per cent reservation for Other Backward Classes (OBCs) and 10 per cent reservation for EWS in All India quota seats for postgraduate medical courses.Of the candidates selected through NEET, 15 percent seats in MBBS and 50 percent seats in MS and MD courses are filled through All India Quota.
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