Ministers of Education and Health Dharmendra Pradhan and Mansukh Mandaviya, among others, were informed of this.
In a significant development, Prime Minister Narendra Modi directed that the issue of reservation for Other Backward Classes (OBC) in the all-India quota (AIQ) in medical seats in State government-run medical colleges be resolved “on top priority” by various Ministries involved as soon as possible and outside of court.
At a meeting presided over by Mr. Modi on Monday evening, this was conveyed to Ministers of Education and Health Dharmendra Pradhan and Mansukh Mandaviya, as well as their secretaries and top officers from the Ministries of Law and Social Justice.
“At the moment, 15 percent of undergraduate seats and 50% of postgraduate seats in State government medical institutions are designated as an all-India quota. There are reservations for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes in this quota for admission, however, there are none for OBCs. Even though numerous cases have been pending before different courts throughout the country for many years now, Prime Minister Modi wants this long-standing demand of OBC students to be settled soon,” said a government official who was present at the meeting.
The discussion and the haste with which the OBC quota problem is being resolved comes after the Centre assured the Madras High Court on Monday that the government will address the subject within a week. The court was considering a contempt of court case filed by the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam, which claimed that the court’s prior decision that the quota be implemented in the academic year 2021-22 had been delayed.