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PM Modi reconsidered the issue of OBC, EWS reservation: Current Affairs Special Series

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PM Modi reconsidered the issue of OBC, EWS reservation 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has called the meeting to review the issue of OBC and EWS reservation in the all-India quota of medical education and asked the concerned ministries to resolve it on a priority basis. 

PM Modi had called in the meeting with union education minister Dharmendra Pradhan, health and family welfare minister Mansukh Mandaviya, secretaries of education, health and family welfare, law and justice, and social welfare as well as other senior officials for a discussion on the issue about the two quotas in the medical education. 

Medical aspirants have been demanding for many years for reservation in the all-India quota of medical education. Several litigations have also been brought in various courts of the country but the issue has been pending for a long time. The issue of OBC reservation in the all-India quota (AIQ) of medical education would be settled by the ministries concerned by giving priority; in the review meeting the PM craved that to ministers.  

In 1984 Supreme Court had created the AIQ seats in medical education. All states were directed to reserve 15% undergraduate and 50% postgraduate medical and dental seats in state-run colleges with a central pool and the rest going to a state pool. The central pool is known as the AIQ i.e. All India Quota and students across the country are allowed to apply for their admission under this pool. For admission of SC and ST aspirants have reservations in this quota but there is no reservation for OBCs.

Narendra Modi asked the health ministry to investigate the situation in medical education of implementing the EWS reservation by various states. The reservation of 10% was announced by the central government for economically weaker sections of the general category in 2019 in government jobs and higher education.

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