Bill against ‘Neat’ in Tamil Nadu

Decision due to student suicides; Legislative approval

An anti-NEET bill has been passed in the Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly calling for admission of medical students on the basis of 12th standard marks instead of ‘NEET’ examination. The bill was introduced by Chief Minister MK Stalin. He was supported by ADMK, PMK, Congress. The bill was passed by a voice vote. Similarly, the DMK had passed the bill in 2017, but it was not approved by the President.

In Tamil Nadu, the aspirant of a medical course has committed suicide for fear of failing the ‘National Entrance cum Eligibility Test’. The repercussions of that incident were felt in the Assembly. On Monday, the opposition ADMK took the government by storm. The bill was then introduced by Chief Minister MK Stalin. There is a provision for exemption from ‘Neat’ for admission to medical courses. He announced admission on the principle of social justice on the basis of 12th standard marks.

Stalin introduced the bill, which exempted him from a thorough examination. There is a proposal to give exemption from admission for admission in medical courses and the marks of class XII will be considered. The bill stipulates that admission to all courses such as dentistry and homeopathy will not be required.

As soon as the proceedings of the House started, the Leader of the Opposition K. Palaniswami raised the issue of suicide of 19-year-old Dhanush in Salem district. He said that the DMK had promised to cancel the exam but it was not fulfilled. Many students did not study well for the exam. Assembly Speaker M. Appavu removed part of his statement from the proceedings. He demanded a job as well as financial help for one of the family members of the deceased boy. Opposition MLAs were wearing black ribbons. He resigned under the leadership of Palaniswami.

Student suicide and political allegations

On Sunday, Dhanush committed suicide for the third time while passing the exam. He committed suicide for fear of failing the exam. The DMK has blamed the DMK for the incident and the state government has targeted the Center. Chief Minister Stalin said that Palaniswami was the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu when the examination was held for the first time. The exam was not held when Jayalalithaa was the Chief Minister. S. Many, including Anita, have committed suicide in a fair examination case, all during Palaniswami’s time. Dhanush could not pass the exam twice, ADMK was in power at that time. He also accused ADMK of rejecting Stalin’s exemption bill in 2017.

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