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Sonia writes to PM Modi

New Delhi: Interim Congress President Sonia Gandhi has written a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, urging the Union authorities to increase the reservation for OBC candidates within the all-India quota for medical and dental seats to state/UT medical establishments.

Sonia Gandhi mentioned within the letter that reservation for OBC candidates below the all-India quota is restricted to the Central establishments solely.

“As per the data compiled by the All India Federation of Other Backward Classes, since 2017, OBC candidates lost over 11,000 seats in all-India quota due to non-implementation of OBC reservations in-state/UT medical education institutions,” she wrote within the letter.

The interim Congress President drew the Prime Minister’s consideration within the matter of denial of the reservation to OBC candidates below the all-India quota being stuffed by means of the Nationwide Eligibility cum Entrance Check (NEET) in state/UT medical training establishments.

She mentioned that the 93rd Constitutional Modification envisages particular provisions for the development of any socially and educationally backward class or for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes in admission to instructional establishments, together with personal establishments, whether or not aided or unaided by the state, apart from the minority instructional establishments.

However the denial of reservations to OBCs in state medical establishments below the all-India quota, being administered by the Authorities of India, violates the very goal of the 93rd Constitutional Modification and is a barrier to entry to medical training for the deserving OBC candidates.

Underneath the all-India quota, 15 per cent, 7.5 per cent and 10 per cent seats are reserved for SC, ST and Economically Weaker Part (EWS) candidates, respectively, in each Central and state/UT medical training establishments.

(IANS)

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