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New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Wednesday adjourned the hearing till tomorrow (January 6) on a petition challenging Centre's decision to introduce 27 per cent reservation for Other Backward Classes (OBC) and 10 per cent reservation for Economically Weaker Section (EWS) in All-India Quota (AIQ) seats in state government medical institutions.
Earlier, the hearing was scheduled for January 6 which was preponed as per the request of the Central government. The government asked the Supreme Court on Monday to hear NEET-PG Counselling case on the urgent basis.
However, the Centre's request came three days after the resident doctors wrapped up their intense protest which continued for more than a month against constant delays in counselling all across the nation. Due to the multiple postponements, at least 50,000 doctors are still exempted to be recruited through NEET-PG Counselling.
Solicitor General Tushar Mehta who was representing the Central government submitted that "We need doctors and their concerns are genuine." Mehta said that the counselling should resume with current criteria for this academic year while the other details can be discussed later and the consequent amendments will be induced from next year.
Recalling the protest of resident doctors, the solicitor general mentioned that the Centre did not apprehend such agitation from the resident doctors.
Meanwhile, Senior Advocate Shyam Divan questioned 27 per cent reservation of OBC in NEET PG. Divan argued that the reservation will deprive students of general category of having admission on 25,000 seats. He also mentioned that the notification regarding the reservation was given five months after the examination process had already commenced.
Divan will continue his arguments on January 6 after the court will listen to fresh cases due on this date.