50 pc quota for in service doctors: SC directs Tamil Nadu govt to fill seats within 15 days

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The Supreme Court on Friday allowed the Tamil Nadu government to allot 50 per cent of super-specialty seats in government medical colleges to NEET-qualified in-service candidates for the current academic year.

A bench of Justice BR Gavai and Justice Vikram Nath directed the state government to fill up the seats within a period of 15 days as per the order dated November 7, 2020, of the Tamil Nadu government.

The state government had strongly defended the Government Order (GO) of 2020 on super specialty seats.

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“The State of Tamil Nadu has approached this Court for clarification of an order dated March 16, 2022, that the said order is applicable to all subsequent academic years till the disposal of the petitions. We have heard the counsels. The ASG said that in the previous Many seats reserved for in-service candidates could not be filled.He said that the super specialty courses are valuable national assets and cannot be allowed to go waste…

The bench said, “We appreciate the concern of the ASG that the issue needs to be decided finally. However, for the current academic year, we find that the State be permitted to fill up the seats on the basis of GO.” should.”

The apex court also directed that on the 16th day, the state of Tamil Nadu shall inform the Union of India about all the seats that have remained vacant from the serving candidates.

Posting the matter for detailed hearing on February 14, 2023, the top court said that the vacant seats will be allowed to be filled by the Union of India on the basis of the all-India merit list.

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Additional Solicitor General Aishwarya Bhati submitted that since 2016 there is no reservation in super specialty courses.

Additional Advocate General (AAG) Amit Anand Tiwari, appearing for Tamil Nadu, told the top court that the state government has filed an interim application seeking clarification.

The top court had on March 16 allowed the counseling for 2021-22 to continue for allotting 50 per cent super-specialty seats to NEET-qualified in-service candidates in government medical colleges.

The apex court had set aside its interim order dated November 27, 2020, by which it had directed that counseling for admission to super-specialty medical courses for the academic year 2020-2021 provide 50 per cent quota to in-service doctors. Will move forward without doing. ,

The petitions against the mandate of the state government are seized in the apex court.

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