NEET PG Council postponed as center to review income cap for SAP category

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The Union government has informed the Supreme Court that it will review the ??8 lakh income limit set to determine the economically weaker section (EWS) booking category in the admission to the national admission test (NEET) for medical courses.

A bench of Justices DY Chandrachud, Surya Kant and Vikram Nath have been informed by Solicitor General Tushar Mehta that a committee will be formed to determine the criteria for the SAP and that this will take four weeks.

Mehta said the Center will form a committee with a four-week deadline to determine the criteria for determining the SAP category.

The NEET (PG) council is postponed for 4 weeks until the committee decides on the criteria for determining the SAP category, Mehta told the Supreme Court.

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The Supreme Court told the Center that its EWS quota is a very empowering and progressive type of reserve and states should support the Center in its efforts.

The Supreme Court heard a batch of pleadings challenging the July 29 Center and Medical Advisory Committee (MCC) opinion providing for 10% for the EWS category in NEET admissions.

The July 29 notice provides for a reservation of 27% for the OBC and 10% for the EWS category in quota seats of 15% UG and 50% PG All India (MBBS / BDS and MD / MS / MDS) from the current academic session 2021-22. .

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Previously, in an affidavit filed by the Department of Social Justice and Empowerment in the Supreme Court, he justified the decision to set the limit of ??8 lakh annual income set to determine the SAP category.

The ministry said that the principle of fixing the amount is rational and in accordance with Articles 14, 15 and 16 of the Constitution.

On October 21, the highest court asked the Center if it wished to review the eight rupee annual income limit set to determine the SAP category.

The highest court had specified that it was not getting involved in the political field but that it was only trying to verify whether the constitutional principles had been respected or not.

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The Supreme Court had previously asked the Center to withhold advice for NEET PG until it decides the validity of the Centre’s decision to introduce the OBC and EWS reservation in All India Quota (AIQ).

The central government has also assured the highest court that the counseling process will not begin until the judiciary has ruled on the matter.

(With contributions from agencies)

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