NEET PG Counseling 2021: The Center told the Supreme Court on Thursday that it will revisit the annual income limit of Rs 8 lakh fixed to determine the Economically Weaker Section (EWS) category for reservation in NEET PG., The Center told the apex court that it will constitute a committee to decide the criteria for determining the EWS category and the committee needs four weeks’ time to do the same. The Center said that the counseling of NEET is postponed for four weeks till the committee decides on the criteria for determining the EWS category.

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Solicitor General Tushar Mehta told a bench of Justices DY Chandrachud, Surya Kant, and Vikram Nath that a committee would be constituted to fix the criteria for determining the EWS category and the committee would take four weeks to do the same. , Mehta said as per the assurance given earlier in the court, the NEET (PG) counseling is further postponed for four weeks.

The Supreme Court is hearing several petitions challenging the July 29 notification of the Center and the Medical Counseling Committee (MCC). Under this notification, 27 percent reservation has been given to Other Backward Classes (OBCs) and 10 percent to EWS in the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) for enrollment in medical courses.

The Supreme Court had on October 21 asked the central government whether it would reconsider the cap on annual income of Rs 8 lakh for determining EWS for admission to NEET or medical courses. The top court clarified that it was not interfering in the field of policymaking but was only trying to determine whether constitutional values ​​were followed or not.

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Justice D.Y. Chandrachud, Justice Vikram Nath, and Justice B. V. Nagarathna were upset that the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment and the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) had not filed an affidavit and asked the Center to reply to the questions within a week. The bench had said, “Tell us whether you want to reconsider the standard or not. If you want us to do our job, we are ready for it. We are preparing questions for which you have to answer. We can put a stay on the notification of the government in which the standard of Rs 8 lakh has been fixed for determining EWS and you will keep on filing the affidavit.