Ordinance for 16% Maratha quota in PG medical signed

MUMBAI: Governor CH Vidyasagar Rao on Monday signed the ordinance issued by the state government which makes applicable the 16% Maratha quota to the post graduate medical students in the state from this year.
The state cabinet had on Friday cleared the draft ordinance and had sent to the Governor for his approval. On Monday morning a delegation of students from the open category had met Vidyasagar Rao urging him to not sign the ordinance and also send it back to the government for a re-think.

The ordinance — Maharashtra State Reservation (of seats for admission in educational institutions in the State and for appointments in the public services and posts under the State) for Socially and Educationally Backward Classes (SEBC) (Amendment and Validation) Ordinance, 2019 , will ensure that there will be reservations in favour of the candidates belonging to SEBC classes from the educational year 2019 – 20 and also for admissions to other educational courses including under-graduate courses requiring the passing of the NEET or any other National Entrance Test.

The Supreme Court had upheld a decision of the Nagpur bench of the Bombay high court making the quota inapplicable for this year’s admissions as the NEET notification was issued on November 1 and the SEBC Act was notified on November 30.
Meanwhile, the state has decided to reimburse fees of open category students who, because of the ordinance, will have to seek admission in private colleges and deemed universities, where fees are typically high.

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