Prime Minister Narendra Modi reviewed the issue of OBC and EWS reservation in all-India quota of medical education, and directed the ministries concerned to resolve it on priority.
It has been a long-standing demand from medical aspirants to give OBC reservation in all-India quota of medical education. Several litigations have also been made in various courts of the country but the issue has been pending for a long time. In the review meeting, the PM desired that the issue of OBC reservation in the all-India quota (AIQ) of medical education may be resolved by the ministries concerned on priority, a source said.
The AIQ seats in medicine were created on the directions of the Supreme Court in 1984. All states were required to surrender 15 per cent undergraduate and 50 per cent postgraduate medical and dental seats in state-run colleges to a “central pool” with the rest going to a “state pool”. The “central pool” is the All India Quota (AIQ) and students across the country are eligible to apply for admission to this.
According to sources, the PM also asked the Health Ministry to review the position of implementation of EWS reservation by various states for medical education. In 2019, the central government had announced 10 per cent reservation in government jobs and higher education for economically weaker sections in the general category.
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