Doctors’ association continuesprotest for 50% service quota

‘Not reserving seats for service candidates posed a threat to the future of specialty services’

March 07, 2018 12:19 am | Updated 12:19 am IST - CHENNAI

The Service Doctors and Post Graduates Association (SDPGA) held a candle-light vigil at the Madras Medical College on Tuesday to demand 50% reservation in postgraduate medical seats for service candidates. On Monday, the association held a demonstration at the Institute of Child Health, Egmore, on this issue.

A. Ramalingam of the SDPGA said not reserving seats for service candidates posed a threat to the future of specialty services. Another demand was the Dynamic Assured Career Progression (DACP) pay structure to government doctors on a par with with Central government doctors.

Over 50 doctors participated in the protest, Dr. Ramalingam said.

‘Injustice to OBCs’

In a letter to the Union Health Minister, the All India Federation of Other Backward Classes Employees’ Welfare Association said injustice was meted out to other backward classes (OBCs) in the allotment of postgraduate medical seats and diploma seats. In the academic year 2017-18, the letter said, around 8,000 students had been admitted to PG medical courses under the all-India 50% quota, but only 165 seats were allotted to OBCs — roughly 2%, while the reservation was 27%, which amounted to nearly 2,160 students. “By wrong implementation of reservation policy by officials, nearly 2,000 OBC students have been denied the rightful opportunity to join the PG medical course,” the letter said, adding that this was a gross violation of the government order on reservation policies.

The letter also said that when it came to Tamil Nadu, where nearly 700 seats had been given to the all-India quota, not a single OBC had been allotted a medical seat. “Had the seats been retained in Tamil Nadu, 350 seats would have been allotted to OBCs,” the letter said.

“In the Diplomate of National Board courses, there are no reservations for OBcs,” the letter said. It called for strict implementation of the 27% reservation to OBCs in PG medical admissions.

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