by Khalid Bashir Gura
SRINAGAR: After the results of NEET PG entrance were declared, medical graduates are apprehensive about some candidates producing fake Economically Weaker Sections (EWS) certificates to get leverage in the merit ladder.
The NEET PG entrance test was conducted on September 11, 2021, across the country after the second Coronavirus wave retreated. Last year also, the aggrieved candidate has protested as many ineligible medical students had bagged seats by acquiring EWS certificates fraudulently as their families are affluent and rich.
“The counselling process which is to be conducted by JKBOPEE is yet to commence. The bogus beneficiaries would avail benefits of the reservation policy in postgraduate medical courses and further reduce the open merit quota,” the protesting candidate who wished to be anonymous, said.
Amidst speculations and uncertainties, the candidates have pleaded for transparency and accountability in the process of screening. There should be strict verification of credentials of the candidates aspiring for reservations under the Economically Weaker Sections (EWS) quota to ensure there is no scope for irregularities, they said.
“Our fears are allayed by the fact that last year a well-connected, affluent candidate produced a fake certificate and was able to secure the seat in the category,” they said.
In this regard, aspirants have already filed an RTI in the Revenue Department with CRU NO: 254786/CRU, Dated 06/10/2021 and another with the Office of the Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, ID No. R9588 dated 06/10/2021 and they expect a prompt investigation into their apprehensions.
As the government has introduced 10 per cent reservation for the EWS, the aggrieved candidates believe that they are denied rightful opportunities. The fake certificates are produced by children of officers and doctors. They do not fall in the eligibility criteria, say the aggrieved candidates.
The candidates have appealed to the administration to ensure strict verification of credentials. It would be applicable to persons who are not covered under the scheme of reservation for SCs, STs and BCs and whose family had a gross annual income below Rs 8 lakh. The income would include earnings through salary, agriculture, business profession and others, for the financial year prior to the year of application. Also, persons whose family owns or possess five acres of agricultural land and above, residential flat of 1000 sq. feet and above, residential plot of 100 sq. yard above in notified municipalities, a residential plot of 200 sq. yards and above in areas other than notified municipalities are excluded from EWS.
However, the aggrieved candidates are surprised by the actual status on the ground and on the WS certificate of many claimants.
Lately, there has been a stand-off between protesting medicos and the Jammu and Kashmir administration over the pooling of MBBS and postgraduate seats in the All-India Quota (AIQ). Following protests, the government deferred its implementation by one year.