MBBS seats: Government decides to reserve 5 MBBS seats under the central pool for the children of warriors of Covid-19

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The central government decides to reserve 5 seats in the MBBS courses for the children clearing the NEET 2020 of the Covid-19 warriors for the academic year 2020-21. The reservation is to dignify the efforts put in by the Covid-19 warriors in the tough times of pandemic.

Mumbai: The government has decided to reserve 5 seats in the MBBS courses under the central pool for the children of Covid-19 Warriors. This reservation is for the academic year 2020-21.

Harsh Vardhan, Union Health Minister, has said that this move aims to dignify and honour the noble contribution made by COVID-19 warriors who have lost their lives due to the infection or died accidentally on account of COVID-19-related duty.

In the guidelines for selection and nomination of candidates against central pool MBBS seats, The Union Health Ministry has introduced a new category, ‘Wards of COVID Warriors’. The candidates will be selected by the Medical Council Committee (MCC) through an online application. It will also be on the basis of rank secured by the candidate in the NEET-2020 conducted by National Testing Agency. The state and union territory (UT) government will also have to certify the eligibility for this category.

Harsh Vardhan said, “This will honour the solemn sacrifice of all COVID warriors who served with selfless dedication for the cause of duty and humanity.” Noting that the definition of “COVID warrior” has been laid down by the government while announcing the insurance package of Rs 50 lakh for them, the minister said. “COVID Warriors are all public healthcare providers including community health workers, who may have to be in direct contact and care of COVID-19 patients and who may be at risk of being impacted by this.”

He also added, “Private hospital staff and retired/volunteer/ local urban bodies/ contracted/ daily wage/ ad-hoc/ outsourced staff requisitioned by states/central hospitals/ autonomous hospitals of central/ states/UTs, AIIMS and Institutes of National Importance (INIs)/ hospitals of central ministries drafted for COVID-19-related responsibilities are all included.”

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Neha Jain

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