Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, M K Stalin, today, has declared that an all-party meeting will be held on January 08, 2022. This meeting will be held to discuss the upcoming course of action for the state’s demand to get an exemption from NEET. In this regard, an assembly bill is already pending with the centre. The minister also claimed that the Centre had not acted on the Tamil Nadu Assembly Bill. Hence, he informed the state assembly that to discuss the next plan of action, the state government will convene an all-party meeting on Saturday.
He made a statement under rule 110 of the house. While doing that, he appealed to all the leaders of the political parties for extending their cooperation regarding the serious issue. The entire matter particularly concerns all the students of the state who mainly belong to the rural background. Back in September 2021, a unanimous assembly bill was passed in the House. While recalling that, Stalin said that the struggle against NEET is going to continue.
Stalin said that NEET is completely against the interests of the rural students. Furthermore, the exam takes away the rights of the students to decide on how to conduct the admission process to the medical courses. As a result, the state is now willing to conduct the admissions based on the marks obtained in class 12 only. According to the minister, the medical entrance examination has made the entire education system meaningless. Students who belong to the rural parts are unable to afford coaching for the examination and are mostly unable to clear the entrance test.
The DMK parliamentary leader TR Baalu demanded the resignation of the state governor RN Ravi due to his inability to pass the assembly’s bill to the President to get his assent. According to Baalu, it’s the governor who is acting against the constitution. In addition to that, he also condemned the Home Minister Amit Shah as he did not give an appointment to the all-party delegation from the state despite getting several attempts. Hence, Stalin has now requested every leader of all parties to participate in the all-party meeting on Saturday.
Tamil Nadu has been seeking an exemption from NEET. There are several reasons behind this while the most prominent one is the alleged suicide of many medical aspirants. Many students, who were unable to afford coaching, received low marks and could not clear the examination. As a result, instances of suicides have surfaced in the state.