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Will reconsider Rs 8 lakh annual income criterion for EWS quota, Center tells SC

The Center on Thursday told the Supreme Court that it will revisit the Rs 8 lakh annual income criterion for the Economically Weaker Section (EWS) to be eligible for reservation benefits.

Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for the Centre, apprised the bench headed by Justice DY Chandrachud and sought four weeks’ time for the same.

The question of EWS criteria arose in the context of its introduction in NEET (All India Quota), for which counseling had already been put on hold pending a final decision on a petition challenging the quota rules.

On Thursday, the SG assured the bench, also comprising Justices Surya Kant and Vikram Nath, that the counseling would be deferred by four weeks.

While hearing the petition earlier, the SC had asked the Center to state that the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test – Rs 8 lakh annual income criterion to identify EWS students eligible for reservation in medical seats under the All India Criteria But what did he practice to get there? Quota (NEET-AIQ).

The top court is hearing a batch of petitions filed by students challenging the July 29 notice of the Center and the Medical Counseling Committee (MCC), which mandates 27 per cent for Other Backward Classes (OBC) and EWS category in the National Eligibility cum 10 percent reservation has been provided for Entrance Test for Medical Courses (NEET-PG) Admission for the current academic year.

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