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NEET Undermines Constitutional Provisions

OBC reservations for NEET are a constitutional necessity for ensuring social justice.

The Supreme Court was recently faced with petitions filed across party lines from the state of Tamil Nadu in the context of the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET). All the major political parties of the state filed petitions under Article 32 of the Constitution, demanding that 27% of the all-India allocation of medical seats in Tamil Nadu be reserved for Other Backward Classes (OBCs). While the demand is reasonable and justified, the manner was questionable since Article 32 is meant to be utilised by fundamental rights bearers to protect their rights or by public interest litigants on behalf of those who cannot approach the court. Having met with resistance in the Supreme Court, the parties have been permitted by the Court to approach the Madras High Court with the same petition, seeking the same relief.

Although the case made news in the context of a stray, oral observation of one judge on the Supreme Court bench about reservations not being a fundamental right, the focus should, however, be on the problems created by NEET itself.

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Updated On : 23rd Jun, 2020

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