Karnataka government increases fine on MBBS seat blocking to Rs. 25 Lakhs

Karnataka Government has increased the amount of fine on blocking an MBBS seat from Rs. 5 lakh to Rs. 25 lakh and the decision was confirmed by the Health and Medical Education Minister of the State, K Sudhakar via an announcement on Monday while replying to a question posed by BJP member N. Ravikumar.
The miniater explained the scam that includes the private medical college management identifying the meritorious students and making them clear the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET). Later, those students block the seats by paying the fine to the Karnataka Examination Authority (KEA). As the students surrender the seats after mop-up round of counseling, the vacant seats add up to the management quota seats and get sold at a huge price. Due to this collision, the deserving candidates get deprived of the seats and the less meritorious ones get admitted.
A report regarding the matter was submitted to the medical education department by am expery committee of Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences who proposed a five fold rising penalty in the case.
Addressing the issue, the Minister said, “The seat surrendering issue has been there for some years now. Some medical colleges have been misusing the loopholes in law and interpreting the Supreme Court orders in their own way.”
“Investigation agencies have started their probe. Since black money is involved, the I-T Department is looking at it. Action will be initiated against colleges if they violate Acts under State jurisdiction,” said Ravikumar.
The state has 45 self-financed medical colleges out of the total number of 65.

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