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Tamil Nadu CM Stalin’s Plea to President Murmu For Immediate Approval Of Anti-NEET Bill

Chief Minister MK Stalin on Monday Citing the 16 students’ death due to suicide over NEET in Tamil Naduurged President Droupadi Murmu to assent the state’s anti-NEET Bill at the earliest

Chennai, 14 August (CityTimes): Citing the 16 students’ death due to suicide over NEET in Tamil Nadu, Chief Minister MK Stalin on Monday urged President Droupadi Murmu to assent the state’s anti-The National Eligibility cum Entrance Test Bill at the earliest.Writing to the President, Stalin pointed to the “unfortunate consequences” due to the delay in the grant of approval to the Tamil Nadu Admission to Undergraduate Medical Degree Courses Bill, 2021 and urged her to provide assent immediately.

“With this, the toll of students who have died by suicide due to The National Eligibility cum Entrance Test has increased to 16 in our State. These tragedies could have been definitely avoided if our Bill for exemption from The National Eligibility cum Entrance Test had been given assent and the medical admissions done on the basis of +2 marks,” Stalin said in his letter to the President.

Stalin gave a background to the legislative process and referred to the Justice AK Rajan Committee which studied the The National Eligibility cum Entrance Test-based admission process and its adverse impact on poor and rural students.

Later, based on the panel’s report and deliberations, the chief minister said, the Bill was passed on September 13, 2021.

Since it was returned by Governor R N Ravi after five months of delay, it was reintroduced in the assembly on February 8, 2022 and it was passed again after reconsideration and sent again to the Governor for reserving it for the President’s consideration.

The Governor forwarded the Bill to the Union Ministry of Home Affairs and it has been pending President’s assent.

“When the Home Ministry sought clarifications vis-à-vis the Bill, it was expeditiously made by the state government,” Stalin said.

“However, the TN Bill has not been provided assent till now and students have been forced to undergo the NEET-based admission process. This has caused immense anxiety and stress in the minds of the students and parents,” he added.

Stalin said that there have been various sad incidents of students or their parents ending their lives, depressed by their failure to get admission to medical courses through NEET.

The State’s anti-NEET Bill is the outcome of legislative consensus, stemming from the “collective will of the people” of Tamil Nadu.

“Each day of delay in its implementation costs not only valuable medical seats to deserving students but invaluable human lives to our society. I, therefore, solicit your immediate intervention in he matter and urge you to accord assent at the earliest to the above Bill passed by the Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly,” Stalin wrote to the President.

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