NEET quota bill: DMK chief Stalin writes to TN Governor, says will join hands with AIADMK to protest

NEET quota bill: DMK chief Stalin writes to TN Governor, says will join hands with AIADMK to protest

Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) President M.K. Stalin on Wednesday wrote to Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit, urging him to give his assent to the Bill providing reservation for government school students in medical college admissions.

Taking to Twitter, Stalin wrote in Tamil, “I have written a letter to governor urging him to give his assent to the bill that enables students from government schools to get 7.5% reservation in medical education. The DMK is willing to join hands with the AIADMK government to protest for this. The CM should come forward and announce a date for protests, after consulting political parties.”

With the NEET 2020 results being declared on 16 October, the DMK president urged Governor Purohit to provide his assent at the earliest to enable the eligible students to join the medical courses this year itself.

“The DMK has been demanding scrapping of NEET, which acts as a hindrance for rural and urban poor students to pursue their medical studies and to realize their dream of becoming Doctors,” Stalin stated in his letter.

The NEET quota bill will provide 7.5% horizontal reservation in undergraduate courses in medicine, dentistry, Indian medicine and homeopathy for government school students who have cleared NEET.

However, it would not apply to seats reserved for the all-India quota.

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami said due to this sub-quota, more than 300 medical seats will go to students hailing from poor economic backgrounds.

Those who studied from the sixth standard to higher secondary schools in Corporation schools, municipal schools, Adi Dravidar and tribal welfare schools, Kalla reclamation schools, forest department schools and other schools managed by the state government departments would benefit from this reservation, the CM added.

Explaining the justification for providing sub-quota, Edappadi K. Palaniswami said, “Of the 7,968 higher secondary schools in the state, 3,054 schools (38.32 percent) have been run by the government. Of the 8.41 lakh students in higher secondary courses, 3.44 lakh students (41 percent) were in government-run schools. Of the 5,550 medical seats in Tamil Nadu, 4,043 are of state quota. Of this, only 0.15 percent of seats have been given to students hailing from poor economic backgrounds who study in government schools.”

The NEET quota Bill said a commission headed by retired judge P Kalaiyarasan recommended that 10% of seats could be reserved for students of the state government schools and after considering many factors, the Tamil Nadu Cabinet approved 7.5% reservation for these students.