Supreme Court Says States can Give Quota in PG Courses for Govt Doctors

The Supreme Court gave its judgment regarding the provision of reservation to government doctors in admissions into various PG medical courses. On Monday, the apex court governed that the states have the power to give quota in PG admissions to serving Government doctors in remote locations. The constitution bench comprising 5 judges was headed by Justice Arun Mishra. He said that states hold the legislative ability to provide special provisions for reservation quota.

Supreme Court Says States can Give Quote in PG Courses for Government Doctors
Supreme Court Says States can Give Quote in PG Courses for Government Doctors

The states can provide quota for those who are serving in various rural, hilly, and tribal areas for 5 years. Arun Mishra further said that the Medical Council of India [MCI] regulations that banned the reservation include unconstitutional, discriminatory, and arbitrary. The Bench further said that MCI is just a creature of the Indian Medical Council Act, 1956. MCI doesn’t hold any sort of power in making reservations for in-service candidates looking to get admissions into PG degree courses.

Tamil Nadu Medical Officers Association and others have filed a petition contending the provision of reservation benefits. They even opposed the challenging regulations 9[4] and [8] of the Post Graduate Medical Education Regulations, 2000 framed by the MCI. They said that such benefits would be an encouraging element only for those who are working in Government hospitals and across different rural regions. Besides Justice Arun Mishra, the bench comprised other justices that include Vineet Saran, Indira Banerjee, Aniruddha Bose, and M R Shah.

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