Will revisit 8 lakh annual income limit for EWS category in NEET: Center

New Delhi, November 25 (Agency)

The Center on Thursday told the Supreme Court that it has decided to revisit the annual income ceiling of Rs 8 lakh fixed for the Economically Weaker Sections (EWS) category for reservation in admission to postgraduate medical courses in NEET. Decision has been taken. A bench of Justices DY Chandrachud, Surya Kant and Vikram Nath was told by the Solicitor General that a committee would be constituted to fix the criteria for determining the EWS category and the committee would take four weeks to do the same. He said that as per the assurance given earlier in the court, the NEET (PG) counseling is further postponed for 4 weeks.

The apex court is hearing petitions of students seeking 27 per cent reservation for Other Backward Classes (OBCs) and 10 per cent for EWS in admission to medical courses in the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET-PG) for the current academic year. The July 29 notice of the Center and the Medical Counseling Committee to provide reservation has been challenged. The court fixed January 6 for the next hearing on the matter.

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