Former Union Health Minister and Member of Parliament, Dr. Anbumani Ramadoss has moved the Supreme Court seeking implementation of 27% reservation for the persons belonging to the OBC category in Post Graduate Medical Seats, under the All India Quota (AIQ), Live Law reported.
The petition states that in the last few years, the Government of India has denied reservations to persons belonging to the OBC category, both in PG/UG medical seats under AIQ. Thus, they are denied 3000 seats every year which are transferred to General Category.
“I have filed a case in the Supreme Court demanding 27% reservation for other backward classes in the All India Reservation for Medical Education. This lawsuit to win social justice is coming to trial soon,” Pattali Makkal Katchi leader Ramadoss tweeted.
According to Live Law report, the petitioner has contended that denial of adequate representation to the persons belonging to the OBC category impinges upon their Fundamental rights guaranteed under Article 14, Article 15(4) and Article 21 of the Indian Constitution.
“OBCs have been denied 27% reservation in AIQ seats for undergraduate and postgraduate medical courses in the academic years 2017-18, 2018-19 and 2019-20,” the petition reads.
The petition has informed that in the year 2018-19, only 220 OBC candidates were admitted to postgraduate courses while they had claim over 2,152 seats. Similarly, only 66 OBC students were admitted to the undergraduate course of the 1,096 claimed seats.
Earlier, the National Commission for Backward Classes has reportedly issued a notice to the Union Health Ministry on complaints that 27 per cent OBC reservation was not being implemented in a key category of seats under the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test since 2017.
“Out of 9550 seats under All India Quota for this year 2020, nearly 8800 seats are pooled from the Colleges run by the State Governments. On these 8800 seats, the OBCs are not given any reservation (only zero) and the seats are transferred to the General Category, which is unjustified and unconstitutional,” it adds.
DMK moves SC against Centre for refusing to implement 50% OBC Reservation in Tamil Nadu’s Share of All India Medical Quota seats
Meanwhile, on Thursday, the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam has approached the Supreme Court against the Centre’s failure to implement 50% reservation for OBC in Tamil Nadu’s share of All India Quota seats (other than in the Central institutions) in undergraduate, PG and Diploma Medical and Dental Courses, a report of Bar and Bench says.
In the state, as per The Tamil Nadu Backward Classes, Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Reservation of Seats in Educational Institutions and of Appointments or Posts in the Services under the State) Act, 1993, about 50% reservation has to be reserved for BCs and OBCs.
“No OBC reservations are given in these State surrendered seats to the All India Quota in non-central Government medical institutions.” the petition by DMK says.
“The net result is that all States are losing OBC reservations in the seats surrendered by them to the All India Quota to the detriment of their MBC/OBC students. This has led to a huge loss to the students of the OBC categories,” reads the petition.
Injustice to OBC students: Akhilesh Yadav
“There should be a provision of reservation for OBC students in the NEET exam, a gateway for admission into medical colleges across the country,” Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav has said.
SP leader also termed the “denial” of quota as injustice.
“It’s injustice not to provide benefit of reservation given in the Constitution to backward classes for admission to medical PG courses under the all-India quota,” Yadav said in a tweet.
“The Union Health Ministry should immediately reply to the commission. This (quota) should be immediately implemented,” he added.