No ESIC quota for NEET AIQ Counselling 2020; 339 ESIC seats now under AIQ
NEW DELHI: Through an official notice the Medical Education Cell, ESIC has announced the cancellation of ESIC reservations for National Eligibility cum Entrance Test - NEET counselling 2020-21. The authorities have further informed that 'seats filled up in previous years under IP Quota in ESIC Medical/Dental Colleges would be filled up by DGHS, GoI, as All Inida Quota Seats'. Thus, making it clear that from the current academic session there will not be any reservation of the medical quota seats for children of ESI workers in ESI Hospitals.
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Seat that were earlier filled through ESIC quota
A total of 339 seats (317 MBBS and 22 BDS), which were earlier reserved for candidates under ESIC quota, will now be open for admission through All India Quota (AIQ) counselling conducted by Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) on behalf of Medical Counselling Committee (MCC)
Decision of changes in NEET counselling reservation criteria has been passed under the following:
(i) Orders of the Hon’ble Courts in; WP 35853 of 2016 & 17948 of 2017 [common order of Hon’ble High Court of Madras dated 07.06.2019]; WA Nos. 2274 & 2304 of 2019 [Hon’ble High Court of Madras dated 06.08.2019]; SLP Diary No. 24032 of 2019 [Hon’ble Supreme Court of India dated 15.07.2019]; and
(ii) Ongoing CMP No. 17601 of 2019 in WA 2274/2019 against WP17948/2017 & CMP No. 17602 of 2019 in WA 2304/2019 against WP 35853/2016 before the Hon’ble High Court of Madras.
Backlash on the decision undertaken
People have not been welcoming on the aforementioned decision taken by the Union Government of cancelling ESIC reservations for NEET admission. It is being seen as a stab on the backs of ESI workers who have been receiving less than Rs. 20,000 as salary and donating the rest amount to the hospitals. According to reports the Member of Parliament from Coimbatore constituency, PR Natarajan, has condemned this act of the government and urged the latter to revoke this decision.
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