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National Board of Examinations (NBE) under the control of Medical Council of India (MCI) has issued Information Bulletin for conducting NEET-MDS-2020 examinations for admission to MDS Courses for the ensuing year 2020. The Information Bulletin mentions in Chapter 12.1 that “the OBC reservation at 27% will be implemented only in Central Government Institutions/Central Universities only for Non-cream layer and as per the Central list of OBC”. It totally ignores OBC reservation in All India Quota seats pooled from the States.

For courses like MBBS and BDS, 15 percent of the total seats and in respect of PG medical seats, 50 percent of the total seats available in the country are put in the national pool by state governments. It is in the case of filling this nationally pooled seats, viz., All India Quota, the OBC reservations is totally ignored.

The authorities are following the rule of reservation in respect of SCs and STs but are skipping OBC reservations though they too were brought into force by an Act of Parliament passed in 2006 inserting clause 5 in Article 15. As per the provision, “States shall make any provision for implementation of reservation to OBC, SC and ST”. ‘State’ means both the Central Government and State Government.

Every year, by ignoring 27% reservation in All India Quota for OBC students in admission to UG and PG courses, nearly 3000 seats were denied to them. In 2018-19 alone OBC students have lost 1108 MBBS / BDS seats and 1978 seats in PG medicine (MD/MS/MDS) due to non-implementation of OBC reservations in the national pool.

But the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has taken all seriousness to send directives vide order dated 21st June 2019, to all States/UTs for implementation of 10% reservation to EWS for this current year 2019-20 itself, based on the 103rd Constitutional amendment Act. 

This gross social injustice and violation of constitutional provisions ignoring 27% reservation to OBC were pointed out to the Health Ministry as well as to Hon’ble Minister of Health and Family Welfare. The matter was also raised by Hon’ble Members of Parliament but no steps have been taken by the Ministry to rectify and implement 27% reservation to OBCs in All India Quota seats.

I join with lakhs of OBC students aspiring to join Medical Course and concerned citizens of Social Justice in demanding the Union Health Minister to immediately issue orders for 27% reservation to OBC in All India Quota seats and direct the authorities concerned to implement 27% reservation to OBC applicants in admission to PG/UG Medical seats under All India Quota from this year onwards.

Sign the petition so that we can collectively protect our constitutional right to reservation.