TN to promulgate ordinance for 10% reservation in MBBS for government school students?

In a major policy decision, the state government has instructed revenue officials not to issue income and asset certificates for Economically Weaker Sections (EWS) in general category.

It has also withdrawn circulars issued last year permitting officials to issue certificates for reservation under EWS. The government circular has been sent to all district collectors asking them to instruct tahsildars not to issue such certificates for EWS applicants.

An ordinance, providing a 10% “horizontal quota” for students of State government schools in admission to medical courses through the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET), is likely to get the approval of the State Cabinet at a meeting on Monday afternoon.

As the “quota within quota” cannot be carried out through an executive order, the government is required to take the ordinance route, a senior official reportedly said.

The Supreme Court on Thursday said reservation is not a fundamental right as it refused to admit a batch of petitions seeking the implementation of 50% reservation for other backward classes (OBCs) for state-surrendered seats in the all-India quota for undergraduate and postgraduate medical courses in Tamil Nadu.

“We appreciate the concern of all the political parties for the welfare of backward classes. But reservation is not a fundamental right,” a three-judge bench led by Justice L Nageswara Rao told the lawyers appearing for various parties including the AIADMK, DMK, Tamil Nadu Congress Committee, CPI and CPI(M). All withdrew their petitions with a liberty to approach the Madras High Court.

The ruling AIADMK and the MDMK in Tamil Nadu have moved the Madras High Court seeking 50 per cent reservation to Other Backward Classes (OBCs) in seats for medical and dental courses surrendered by the state towards the all-India quota.

The opposition DMK has already filed a petition in this regard citing Supreme Court’s direction to approach the High Court. The AIADMK represented by its Villupuram district secretary and Law Minister C Ve Shanmugam filed the petition.