“Since 2017, OBC candidates lost over 11,000 seats in all India quota due to non-implementation of OBC reservations in state/UT medical education institutions,” Sonia Gandhi said in her letter to PM Narendra Modi.
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Sonia Gandhi, president of the Indian National Congress (INC) alleged that the Government of India’s actions amount to a violation of the 93rd Constitutional Amendment.
In a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Gandhi stated that the Centre has denied reservation to OBCs under all India quota in state/UT medical institutions filled through NEET since 2017.
“I would like to bring to your attention, denial of reservation for OBC candidates under All-India Quota being filled through National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET), in State/UT Medical education institutions,” Gandhi said in the letter. She added, “Under the all India quota, 15 per cent, 7.5 per cent and 10 per cent seats are reserved for SC, ST and Economically Weaker Section (EWS) candidates respectively, in both Central and State/UT Medical education institutions; however reservation for OBC candidates under All India Quota is restricted to Central Institutions.”
Gandhi mentioned that data compiled by the All India Federation of Other Backward Classes says that since 2017, OBC candidates lost over 11,000 seats in all India quota due to non-implementation of OBC reservations in state/UT medical education institutions.
“The 93rd Constitutional Amendment envisages, special provisions for the advancement of any socially and educationally backward classes of citizens or for the Scheduled Castes or the Scheduled Tribes in admission to educational institutions including private educational institutions, whether aided or unaided by the State, other than the minority educational institutions,” Sonia Gandhi wrote in her letter to the Prime Minister.
She went further to state, “Denial of reservations to OBCs in state medical institutions in all India quota, being administered by GOI, violates the very objective of the 93rd Constitutional Amendment and is a barrier to access medical education for deserving OBC candidates.”
Sonia Gandhi has urged the Government of India to extend reservation for OBC candidates in all India quota of medical and dental seats, even in state/UT medical education institutions.