In an affidavit filed in the apex court, the Centre said it has decided to accept the recommendations of a three-member panel for retaining the current annual income limit for Economically Weaker Sections (EWS) at Rs 8 lakh or less.
The Centre in an affidavit filed in a matter related to NEET-PG admissions stated that the panel had recommended that “only those families whose annual income is up to Rs 8 lakh would be eligible for the EWS reservation”.
The Centre said on Monday there was a “genuine urgency” to take up petitions challenging the criteria for Economically Weaker Sections quota (EWS) in NEET-PG (all-India quota) admissions.
Solicitor-General Tushar Mehta said that he would pass on the request to Chief Justice N V Ramana when he conveyed this to a bench headed by Justice D Y Chandrachud.
Justice Chandrachud had asked the Centre to explain what process it had followed to arrive at Rs 8 as the annual income limit for being eligible for the quota. On November 25, 2021, the Center informed the court it would revisit the criteria and request four weeks to complete the exercise. The next hearing was set for January 6, 2022.