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Govt gives relief to Maratha youths, extends Medical PG deadline

Wednesday, May 15, 2019
By A Special Correspondent

In a bid to provide some relief to the agitated Maratha youths after the court verdict staying the application of 16 per cent reservation quota for post graduate medical and dental courses for 2019-20 academic year, the state government has extended the registration deadline till May 25.

The move comes in the wake of Congress, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) slamming the government of failing to protect the interests of the Maratha youths. Vinod Patil, of RR Patil Foundation has served ultimatum to the government to provide relief to the beleaguered Maratha youths by May 24. On the other hand the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) has demanded that the government issue ordinance making reservation quota for Maratha community in post-graduate medical and dental courses so that their admission process is regularised.

Meanwhile, in a statement issued here yesterday the State Common Entrance Test Cell has stated that the government intends to move the Supreme Court of India to grant extension to the admission process to post graduate medical and dental courses for the 2019-20 academic year. The SC and Nagpur High Court verdicts staying the implementation of the 16 per cent reservation quota for the Socially and Educationally Backward Classes (SEBC) has affected the fate of 213 Maratha youths. Reacting to the court verdicts, Minister for Medical Education Girish Mahajan clarified that the court has not touched upon the validity of the 16 percent reservation quota.

He added that the admission process for the PG medical and dental courses has already been started in February whereas the law was enacted in November 2018.
Assuring the Maratha youths that there is no danger to their admissions to PG medical and dental courses, Mahajan added that the state government will urge the central government to increase the quota of PG seats for the state. He further added that the courts have not set aside the state governments law granting reservation quota for the Maratha community. Meanwhile, in a statement issued here, Patil has urged the Chief Minister to amend section 16 of the SEBC Act to apply the reservation quota to PG medical and dental courses for the Maratha community with retrospective effect. The government could do so and issue a ordinance to this effect.

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