“For Equity, Social Justice”: Smt. Sonia Gandhi Writes To the PM Over NEET Quota

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“For Equity, Social Justice”: Smt. Sonia Gandhi Writes To the PM Over NEET Quota

New Delhi:  Congress President Smt. Sonia Gandhi on 3rd July wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi demanding reservation for students from other backward classes (OBC) in state medical colleges, under the All India Quota of National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) - the country’s sole entrance exam for undergraduate medical and dental students. She said OBC students have lost 11,000 seats since 2017 due to the denial of reservation.

“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,” she wrote in the letter.

“Under the All India Quota, 15%, 7.5% and 10% seats are reserved for SC (scheduled caste), ST (scheduled tribes) and Economically Weaker Section 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,” she added.

Smt. Gandhi said that the denial of reservation to OBC students in state medical institutions is a barrier to access of medical education for deserving candidates.

“In the interest of equity and social justice, I strongly urge the Union Government to extend reservation for OBC candidates in All India Quota of medical and dental seats, even in the State/UT Medical education institutions”.