The Excessive Courtroom of Bombay at Goa on Monday struck down a Goa authorities notification reserving 41 per cent publish graduate (PG) seats within the state quota for SC, ST and OBC candidates at Goa Medical Faculty (GMC) and Goa Dental Faculty (GDC) from the 2021-22 tutorial yr.
Over 100 docs and medical college students had moved the courtroom final yr in opposition to the state authorities’s resolution.
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The state’s notification of Might 4, 2020 reserving 12 per cent PG medical seats for STs, 2 per cent for SCs, and 27 per cent for OBCs was partly based mostly on suggestions of the Goa Fee for SC/ST and the Goa Fee for OBC, each of which the courtroom quashed and put aside.
Of their 95-page judgment, Justice M S Sonak and Justice M S Jawalkar stated, “Such a serious decision to reserve 41 per cent of the state quota seats to PG courses at GMC ought to have (been) preceded by application of mind to a host of relevant considerations referred to in a plethora of decisions of the Hon’ble Supreme Court on the subject as well as the considerations flagged by the Dean of GMC in his letter/notings…”
They had been referring to the March 16, 2020, letter of GMC Dean Shivanand Bandekar to state beneath secretary (well being) that the admission to PG programs in GMC had thus far been with none reservation to SC, ST & OBC class… “The selection for PG seats was done purely on the merit (NEET-PG) score. This was because PG students deal with emergencies…in order to get quality service, no reservation is kept for any category as GMC is the only medical college in Goa…” he stated in his letter.
Following the courtroom’s resolution, the Congress attacked the ruling BJP for its lack of ability to defend in courtroom caste-based reservation in PG medical programs. “This government is anti-bahujan samaj… This reflects the RSS ideology that has been against SC, ST, OBCs,” stated Goa Congress president Girish Chodankar.