The High Court of Bombay at Goa on Monday struck down a Goa authorities notification reserving 41 per cent put up graduate (PG) seats within the state quota for SC, ST and OBC candidates at Goa Medical College (GMC) and Goa Dental College (GDC) from the 2021-22 educational yr.
Over 100 medical doctors and medical college students had moved the courtroom final yr in opposition to the state authorities’s choice.
In line with SC: ‘Populist consideration
The state’s notification of May 4, 2020 reserving 12 per cent PG medical seats for STs, 2 per cent for SCs, and 27 per cent for OBCs was partly based mostly on suggestions of the Goa Commission for SC/ST and the Goa Commission for OBC, each of which the courtroom quashed and put aside.
In their 95-page judgment, Justice M S Sonak and Justice M S Jawalkar mentioned, “Such a serious decision to reserve 41 per cent of the state quota seats to PG courses at GMC ought to have (been) preceded by application of mind to a host of relevant considerations referred to in a plethora of decisions of the Hon’ble Supreme Court on the subject as well as the considerations flagged by the Dean of GMC in his letter/notings…”
They have been referring to the March 16, 2020, letter of GMC Dean Shivanand Bandekar to state underneath secretary (well being) that the admission to PG programs in GMC had to this point been with none reservation to SC, ST & OBC class… “The selection for PG seats was done purely on the merit (NEET-PG) score. This was because PG students deal with emergencies…in order to get quality service, no reservation is kept for any category as GMC is the only medical college in Goa…” he mentioned in his letter.
Following the courtroom’s choice, the Congress attacked the ruling BJP for its incapability to defend in courtroom caste-based reservation in PG medical programs. “This government is anti-bahujan samaj… This reflects the RSS ideology that has been against SC, ST, OBCs,” mentioned Goa Congress president Girish Chodankar.