Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, MK Stalin, informed the state assembly on Wednesday, May 4, that Governor RN Ravi had forwarded the National Entrance cum Eligibility Test (NEET) Exemption Bill, passed by the TN assembly for the second time, to the Union Home Ministry to get the consent of the President.
Stalin dubbed it a success of the continuous effort of the state assembly and legislatures across party lines. He appealed to them to extend their support to sustain the effort for a positive outcome.
The NEET exemption bill has created a lot of controversy in the state after the outrage due to the delay in sending the bill to the President from Governor RN Ravi’s end.
In this backdrop, the Tamil Nadu Assembly in 2021 passed a Bill to dispense with the National Entrance cum Eligibility Test (NEET) and allow admission to medical courses based on Class 12 marks to “ensure social justice”.
Earlier, when Chief Minister M K Stalin tabled the Bill last year in the state Assembly, all the parties, including the main opposition AIADMK and its ally PMK, supported the Bill. The BJP decided to have a walkout protesting against it.
The assembly readopted the anti-NEET Bill on February 8, within days after the governor returned the original bill unanimously passed by the assembly on September 19.
The state government had condemned this delay. On the occasion of the Tamil New Year celebration, the ruling DMK party boycotted the high tea organised by the Governor.
Later, in the TN Assembly, CM Stalin said, “The draft bill against NEET has been lying at Raj Bhavan in Guindy for several days.” In that instance, if we had participated in the open party, it would have hurt the sentiments of the people.