Jammu: The Jammu and Kashmir Health and Medical Education Department (H&ME) likely to revise matrix of MBBS seats to grant 10 percent reservation to aspirants belonged to Economically Weaker Section (EWS) category.
The announcement has brought sigh of relief among financially disadvantaged aspirants of MBBS in J&K, who were staging protest demonstration alleging that they are able to stake claim to only half of the seats approved under the Economically Weaker Section (EWS) quota by the Government of India.
“Certain grievances & apprehensions with regard to UG medical courses have been brought to the notice of BOPEE recently. We would like to assure that BOPEE is committed to implementing all constitutional provisions & appropriate action is being taken accordingly at the earliest,” said H&ME department in a Tweet.
Certain grievances & apprehensions with regard to UG medical courses have been brought to the notice of BOPEE recently. We would like to assure that BOPEE is committed to implementing all constitutional provisions & appropriate action is being taken accordingly at the earliest.
— Health & Medical Education Department J&K (@HealthMedicalE1) February 20, 2022
Hailing the decision of department, a student said in a tweet that the reservation for EWS category was being violated since 2019 and will get equal right.
It was totally injustice which was happening in jammu and kashmir with ews students from.last 2 years but now hopefully the administration is looking into this matter and trying to give justice …..
— student (@s_smiksha) February 20, 2022
“The finically disadvantaged aspirants of MBBS in J&K has been facing injustice since last 2 years as they were being denied quota allotted by Centre but now we are hopeful that the administration is looking into this matter,” another student said in a tweet.
The Constitution (103 Amendment) Act, 2019 paved the way for 10 percent reservation in admissions and recruitments for the economically weaker sections.
The Act was subsequently adopted in J&K under SRO 518 2019, facilitating 10 percent reservation in Medical Colleges of the UT apart from making changes in other admissions.
Earlier staging a protest in Kashmir, students alleged that they were allotted only 5 percent of the total MBBS seats, as against 10 percent approved by the Government of India. “We are robbed of the remaining five percent seats and they are doled out to the other categories which already have reservation,” a candidate said.
Another aspirant said, “No SRO or SO or any ruling justifies this unfair distribution of our quota.” He said, “Since 2020, we have been attending the proceedings in the High Court Jammu.”
“We have protested, we have dropped two important years of career due to this issue,” he said, adding that it was high time the J&K government should address the issue. “We want the government to set things right,” he demanded.