May 14, 2019
Maharashtra government on Monday extended PG medical admission date. The deadline for the admissions has been extended by another week.
Decision comes after the protests by Maratha community PG medical students at Azad Maidan.
Girish Mahajan, medical education minister said that the government moved a proposal seeking extension to the district administration regulatory authority which is headed by a retired HC judge. "The authority has approved our request. This will give us some more time to look for the solutions of the issue. We will also decided about whether an ordinance can issued in the next few days," Mahajan.
Students from Maratha community have been protesting against the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the order of Nagpur bench of Bombay high court making the 16% Maratha reservation inapplicable for this year’s post graduate medical admissions. Admissions of as many as 250 medical students aspiring for post-graduation have been affected.
A delegation of the students met MNS chief Raj Thackeray and also the additional electoral officer Dilip Shinde seeking relaxation in the code of conduct to make it easier for the government meet their demands.
Mahajan told the protesting students that the government is mulling issuing of an ordinance. “Our ordinance is ready, we are positive about issuing it. But before we do that we are looking at other legal interventions if possible in the matter.,” said Mahajan. Protestors demanded that state invoke the the article 17(1) of the same act says, “If any difficulty arises in giving effect to the provisions of this(SEBC) act, the government may, as occasion arises, by an order published in the Official Gazzette, do anything not inconsistent with the provisions of this Act, which appears to be it to be necessary or expedient for the purpose of removing the difficulty.” The protestors are demanding that article 17(1) be applied to cancel the law which can then insure the admissions of the Maratha students.
According to the SEBC(socially and economic backward class) act, 16% seats in the post-graduation admission were reserved for the medical students of Maratha community. However the act came into force on 30th November, 2018 but the admission process for post-graduation had already begun from 1st November.
Some of the students from the Maratha community had applied for their post-graduation course through All-India and through open states like Karnataka and Punjab. They got the admissions in the same through merit but after they realized that they would get admissions in Maharashtra through SEBC quota, they cancelled their respective admission and applied in Maharashtra through Maratha quota which due to Nagpur High Court’s order had to be cancelled.
“They are giving us impractical solutions like they would decrease the fees,etc. but nothing would compensate the loss of our seats. We would continue our protest as long as our demands are not fulfilled. The nature of this protest would be more severe now and the state government should be prepared to tolerate it’s consequences,” said Surekha Gavhane.
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