The Supreme Court on Thursday scrapped 10 per cent reservation for Economically Weaker Section (EWS) in this year’s post graduate medical admissions in Maharashtra after the Medical Council of India replied that it is difficult to increase PG medical in this academic year.
“We are happy with the apex court order. We hope a similar judgement comes in Socially and Educationally Backward caste (SEBC) Reservation case,” said one of the petitioners who filed an intervention application in SC. On January 12 this year, Government of India notified EWS reservation.
The medical admission procedure began in November last year with National Eligibility cum Entrance test results declared in January and counselling procedure starting in February.
On February 12, however, the Maharashtra government issued a government resolution implementing 10 reservation for EWS in medical admissions. On March 7, a detailed notification was released by Maharashtra allowing retrospective reservation to EWS category who applied in general category.
The SC observed that if Maharashtra cannot increase its medical seats in PG courses, the EWS reservation will stand scrapped and all reserved seats will revert to open category. In Maharashtra, there are 92 seats reserved for PG medical students and 88 students have already got admission under EWS quota. Their admissions will now be scrapped.