As per reports, Congress President Sonia Gandhi recently wrote to PM Modi about the denial of the reservation to OBCs in state medical colleges. The seats in medical institutions are filled by the National Eligibility Entrance Test (NEET) in several states and union territories.
Under the All India Quota, 15% seats are reserved for Scheduled Castes, 7.5% for Scheduled Tribes, and 10% for economically weaker section candidates in both central and state colleges. However, currently, the reservation for OBC students is restricted only to central colleges.
There was a controversy in May in which All India Federation of Other Backward Classes Employees’ Welfare Association complained to the National Commission of Backward Classes (NCBC) about the OBC candidates being denied for All India Quota reservations in graduate and post-graduate courses.
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In the notice, Sonia Gandhi wrote that around 11,000 seats have been lost by OBC candidates because of the denial in reservations of seats since 2017. According to the 93rd Constitutional Amendment, special provisions should be given to SCs, STs, and backward classes during admission in central or state institutions.
However, Sonia requested the Union government to extend the reservation of seats for OBC candidates in All India Quota. Later, the issue took a political turn when other parties got involved in challenging the Centre’s decision. However, the Supreme Court refused to entertain the request and asserted them to approach Madras high court regarding the same.