Stalin urges PM to consider TN’s plea on NEET exemption, submits memorandum to Mandaviya

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Chennai, Jan 12 : Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M K Stalin today urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to consider the State’s request to exempt it from the purview of NEET.

In his address at the inauguration of 11 new medical colleges by Mr Modi via video-conferencing, Mr Stalin said the admission policy of Tamil Nadu plays a very important role in our health infrastructure.

“It is to protect this, we have been continuously demanding NEET exemption for Tamil Nadu”, he said. “I appeal union government to consider our request favourably”, he said.

At a time when there there was shortage of doctors in several states, the medical admission policy was the basis for students pursuing medical courses in the State serving in rural areas and government department.

“To ensure that this basic principle should not get affected, the state government has been continuously urging the Centre to exempt Tamil Nadu from NEET”, Mr Stalin said.

Recalling various steps taken by his government in improving the healthcare services, the Chief Minister urged Mr Modi to further enhance the allocation for to the State in the medical sector. Meanwhile, Mr Stalin submitted a memorandum to Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya, who participated in the inauguration of 11 new medical colleges by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on a host of issues, including exemption from NEET.

Mr Stalin said the State Government has been consistently opposing NEET for admission to Medical Courses. He said considering the plight of the poor students in getting admission to medical seats, he had announced setting up of a high level committee headed by Retired High Court Judge Justice A K Rajan on June five last year.

The Committee undertook a detailed study on whether the NEET based admission process has adversely affected the social, economic and federal polity and the students of rural and urban poor, those who studied in Government Schools, those who studied in Tamil Medium or any other section of students in Tamil Nadu and submitted its recommendations on July 14, he recalled.

An Official Committee of Secretaries, formed under the Chairmanship of Chief Secretary to suggest appropriate measures to implement the recommendation of the High Level Committee, had suggested to promulgate an Act, similar to Tamil Nadu Act No.3/2007, indicating the need for elimination of NEET in Medical Education and get the President’s assent for the same.

This will ensure social justice and protect all vulnerable student communities from being discriminated in admission to medical education programmes, Mr Stalin said.

A Bill in this regard has been introduced in the Assembly and sent to the Governor for reconsidering the same to the Union Government, he said, adding, the Tamil Nadu Government may be allowed to fill all professional seats including MBBS / BDS/ AYUSH courses on basis of Class XII marks alone.

In the memorandum, he urged the Centre to expedite construction and establishment of AIIMS at Madurai, new AIIMS at Coimbatore, setting up of new government medical colleges in six districts, All India Quota abolition for fully state-funded medical institutions, reservation of 50 per cent seats in Super Speciality (DM/M.Ch) courses to the Tamil Nadu government, Compulsory rotating medical internship, additional funding under National Health Mission, Reservation of seats for service candidates in the State government quota for the DM/M.Ch courses, establishment of district headquarters hospitals in 19 districts across the State, while registering the State’s objection to the draft PG Medical Education Regulations circulated for public opinion recently.

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