TN CM vows to protect 69% quota, calls for all-party meet to discuss reservation

Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami on Tuesday ruled out implementation of the 10% quota for economically weaker sections (EWS) among the open competition category in medical admissions sans political consensus.

The Medical Council of India (MCI) has offered a 25% increase in the number of medical seats for states that adopt the 10% quota for economically weaker sections (EWS). It had asked the states to reply to the offer before June 28.

Speaking in the Assembly on the issue, Palaniswami said a decision will be taken after discussions with political parties. He asserted that his government will not take a unilateral decision.

After the Leader of Opposition M K Stalin raised the issue, Palaniswami said a meeting of recognised political parties would be convened to discuss the Centres proposal on implementation of 10 per cent quota and based on a consensus, a decision will be arrived at.

Speaking on a special attention motion, Stalin said the EWS quota among forward castes went against social justice, adding the Centre was for implementation of 10 per cent quota by offering 25 per cent more seats for MBBS.

Stalin queried the state government’s stand on the 10 per cent reservation for EWS. He also asked the government to call for an all party meeting to discuss on the issue.

Palaniswami said a decision will be taken on the issue after discussions with recognised political parties. Palaniswami said the government will not take a unilateral decision.

“Under any circumstances, the government will continue to implement the 69% reservation,” Palaniswami assured the Assembly after DMK president Stalin questioned the MCI’s proposal.