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NEET-PG Counselling Delayed, Doctors Protest; All You Need To Know

Representatives of the Federation of Resident Doctors’ Association (FORDA) will meet Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya at Nirman Bhavan in New Delhi on Tuesday over their demand to expedite NEET-PG counselling, said FORDA president Dr Manish.

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Federation of All India Medical Association (FAIMA) has called for complete withdrawal from all healthcare services across the country from 8 am on December 29 to protest against the delay in NEET-PG counselling. Resident doctors across the country have been protesting against the multiple postponement of the NEET-PG counselling 2021.

“This is to inform all that the medical fraternity stands absolutely shocked at the sheer display of unprovoked brute force by Delhi Police on our colleagues who have been peacefully protesting in Delhi and many other states since the last one month, with their genuine demand for the immediate declaration of NEET-PG 2021 counseling schedule,” a statement by FAIMA said.

“However, the lathi charge on our resident doctors and manhandling of many female residents by male police personnel during their peaceful demonstration is a pathetic display of the shameless attitude of the authorities, who we could not believe would stoop so low,” it added.

Representatives of the Federation of Resident Doctors’ Association (FORDA) will meet Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya at Nirman Bhavan in New Delhi on Tuesday over their demand to expedite NEET-PG counselling, said FORDA president Dr Manish.

What is NEET- PG

The National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET-PG) is a qualifying and ranking exam in India for students who want to study various post graduate and diploma courses, in government and private medical colleges across the country.

What is the Protest all about

Doctors are protesting against the delay in NEET-PG counselling and the admissions process. Resident doctors, who appeared for the exam on September 11, 2021, are awaiting the counselling through which admissions are granted.

The NEET-PG counselling was originally scheduled to begin on October 25. The delay is due to the Supreme Court hearing petitions against the Centre’s decision to allow reservation for OBC and EWS category aspirants.

On November 25, 2021, the Centre informed the Supreme Court that the counselling for the NEET-PG medical courses would be postponed by four weeks.

It wanted to review the annual income criteria of Rs 8 lakh to provide reservation under the Economically Weaker Section (EWS) category of students.

The decision didn’t go down well with FORDA, which expressed its displeasure at this development.

Reasons for the delay in counselling

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi in July 2021 informed that the Centre has decided to extend reservation for OBC and EWS to 27 per cent and 10 per cent respectively.
  • The Supreme Court had asked the Centre to provide the reason behind fixing Rs 8 lakh as annual income criteria for the EWS category.
  • Solicitor General of India Tushar Mehta in November told the top court that the Centre will revisit the Rs 8 lakh income criteria set for EWS reservation and take a decision in four weeks. The NEET-PG counselling process will not begin until then.
  • Although the MCC does not categorically state why NEET-PG counseling has been delayed, the notification suggests that the pending Supreme Court case could be the reason for the delay.

Timeline of the NEET-PG saga.

10 Jan, 2021: Tentative date for NEET PG 2021,which was rescheduled.

18 April, 2021: NEET PG 2021 postponed following the second Covid wave.

29 July, 2021: Centre decided to provide 27 % and 10 % reservation for economically weaker sections (EWS) in the All India Quota.

11 Sep, 2021: NEET PG 2021 EXAM conducted.

21 Oct, 2021: Hearing in SC, Court has advised the centre to revisit Rs 8 lakh annual income limit.

23 Nov, 2021: Central Govt told SC that it has decided to revisit the Rs 8 lakh limit. Next hearing is scheduled on Jan 6, 2022.

27 Nov, 2021: The Federation of Resident Doctors’ Associations (FORDA) declared a nationwide doctors’ strike against the NEET-PG counseling.

6 Jan, 2022: Next hearing of the NEET-PG Counselling case.

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