Medical Seats: AIADMK moves SC over implementation of OBC quota

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Medical Seats: AIADMK moves SC over implementation of OBC quota

AIADMK has approached the Supreme Court challenging the decision of centre not granting 50 per cent reservation to OBC’s as per Tamil Nadu law in seats surrendered by the state within the All India Quota (AIQ) for undergraduate also as postgraduate medical and dental courses in 2020-21.

Earlier, Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) and Tamil Nadu unit of CPI (M) has moved the highest court seeking similar reliefs for college kids of Other Backward Class (OBC) category in admissions in medical courses.


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“There is not any rational basis for not extending the advantage of 50 per cent reservation for OBCs, as envisaged under the State laws of Tamil Nadu, to the State-captured seats within the All India Quota,” the plea of AIADMK said.

The Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) party said that altogether past academic years since the inception of the All India Quota system, OBCs are grossly underrepresented within the All-India-Quota seats in undergraduate, diploma, PG diploma and postgraduate medical colleges across the country.

The party said that it's a matter of incontrovertible fact that negligible numbers of OBC candidates were allocated any of the State-surrendered seats to the All India Quota in non-central Government medical institutions.

“This is in contradiction to the reservation ethos within the State of Tamil Nadu and therefore the currently existing law (the Tamil Nadu Backward Classes, Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Reservation of Seats in Educational Institutions and of appointments or posts within the Services under the State) Act, 1993) which provides 50 per cent reservation for OBCs,” it said.

It said that despite the provisions under the law, in the year 2019 in postgraduate admissions, out of the 8,137 seats altogether India Quota, a total of 2,197 seats were to be reserved for OBCs but actually, only 224 seats actually were allotted under the category, in non-Central Government medical colleges.

It sought to implement of fifty per cent reservations as per the State law for the OBCs in seats surrendered by Tamil Nadu within the All India Quota for undergraduate, postgraduate medical and dental courses in 2020-21.


Storm Over OBC Reservation


Earlier, DMK and therefore the Tamil Nadu unit of CPI (M) had moved the highest court seeking similar quota reliefs for college kids in admissions in medical courses. The CPI (M) has made various union ministries including the health ministry, the Medical Council of India (MCI), the Dental Council of India (DCI) and National Board of Examinations (NBE) as parties to the petition.

Providing professional education for marginalized people is extremely much essential not just for empowering such sections of society but also for the democratization of the whole society and gradual eradication of caste oppression, discrimination and casteism, it said.

Earlier, DMK, in its plea, had said that it had been opposing the denial of implementation of fifty per cent OBC policy of the state, aside from in central government institutions. It said the MCI regulations clearly contemplate adherence to state reservation laws while filling from the seats.

“That the Director-General of Health Services, Medical Counselling Committee and therefore the Medical Council of India and Dental Council of India have grossly did not provide reservations for Other Backward Classes (OBC) students in admissions to the Under Graduate, Diploma, PG Diploma and Post Graduate medical courses altogether medical colleges across the country within the category of‘ state surrendered seats to the All India Quota’ in government and personal medical colleges aside from the central government institutions,” DMK had said.

The party said that the AIQ seats are contributed by states surrendering seats within the government and personal medical and dental colleges as per the MCI regulations. The party sought an ad-interim injunction restraining the respondents from proceeding further with All India Counselling for PG seats pursuant to the NEET PG 2020 results without following the 50 per cent reservation for OBC quota in Tamil Nadu pending disposal of the plea.

It also sought an ad-interim injunction restraining them from proceeding with conducting the NEET-UG 2020 or any counselling thereof without following the 50 per cent reservation for OBC quota within the state. The party also sought direction for calling of the records of the respondent concerning the results of NEET-PG, 2020 published on January 30, by the NBE concerning the filling from the All India Quota and quashing of an equivalent.