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NEET-PG Counseling 2021: Doctors demand strike from tomorrow over delay in PG counseling

NEET-PG Counselling 2021: Beginning November 27, FORDA has advised doctors to abstain from OPD services. This is in line with the NEET PG Counseling delay.

NEET-PG Counselling 2021: The Federation of Resident Doctors’ Association has declared that outpatient department (OPD) services would be discontinued nationally on Saturday, November 27, 2021.

NEET-PG Counseling 2021

The statewide protest by doctors was called after the National Eligibility Entrance Test postgraduate (NEET PG) counselling for 2021 was repeatedly delayed and postponed. The case is currently before the Supreme Court, with the next hearing set for January 6, 2022.

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“Letter of Intimation to Hon’ble @mansukhmandviya Sir regarding withdrawal from #OPD services in healthcare facilities, 27/11/2021 onwards, protesting over continuous delays and postponements of #NEETPG2021Counselling,” FORDA wrote on Twitter.

"The already overburdened and exhausted Resident Doctors of the nation fighting at the frontline since the beginning of the COVID-19 Pandemic, have been waiting patiently till date for some positive outcome of Supreme Court proceedings in the matter of already delayed NEET-PG 2021 counselling. However, there seems to be no respite to their physical and mental distress, with the next court hearing scheduled on 6th January 2022."

FORDA's statement further reads, “We hereby urge upon the union government and the Supreme Court of India to take note of the grievance of resident doctors and take necessary measures for expediting the NEET-PG 2021 Counselling as well as admission process and to fast-track the court proceedings on an urgent basis". 

The Supreme Court is hearing a batch of student petitions challenging the Centre and Medical Counselling Committee's (MCC) July 29 notice, which provided 27 percent reservation for OBCs and 10% for EWSs in the National Eligibility Cumulation Entrance Test (NEET-PG) admissions for medical courses for the current academic year. The Centre informed the Supreme Court on November 25 that it had decided to reconsider the Rs 8 lakh annual income cap for the EWS group. The Supreme Court also stated that a new ruling will be made within four weeks, with the next hearing set for January 6, 2021.

Tushar Mehta, India's Solicitor General, told the Supreme Court on Thursday,
"In the matter I have instruction to say that the govt has decided to revisit the criteria. We will formulate a committee and take a fresh decision within 4 weeks. Till then the counselling shall remain stayed only. I give my assurance".

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