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Madras HC directs Centre to form committee for providing OBC reservations in All India Medical Quota

On Monday, the Madras High Court has directed the Central Government to constitute a committee comprising the officials of Tamil Nadu to formulate a method of implementation of OBC reservations in All India Quota medical seats in non-central institutions from next academic year.

There is no legal or constitutional bar against OBC reservation in the All India Quota and All India Quota in the Non-Central institutions of the state, Court said.

The bench passed the order on the batch of petitions moved by the Tamil Nadu government, the DMK, AIADMK, PMK and other political parties.

“When the Medical Council of India does not oppose reservations in the all India quota in medical seats in central institutions, it cannot oppose it in non-central institutions as well,” it asked.

The Court has granted the Centre three months to enact the legislation providing reservations for OBCs in the All India Quota in non-central institutions.

 The panel that the High Court has recommended be constituted is to also include the Tamil Nadu Health Secretary.

The first bench of Chief Justice AP Sahi and Justice Senthilkumar Ramamoorthy also made it clear that any decision made by the committee shall be applicable only from the next academic year.

Many Tamil Nadu parties and OBC collectives had approached the Supreme Court last month seeking the proper implementation of OBC reservation in the All India Medical Quota. Eariler, the OBCs were being provided reservation only in central universities.

 In 2007, the Supreme Court had ordered reservation of 15 per cent of seats in the All India Quota for Scheduled Castes and 7.5% for Scheduled Tribe students. However, OBCs were not given any reservations then.

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