2019 general elections: DMK manifesto at a glance

DMK president Stalin with the party election manifesto.

Chennai: The DMK today promised to do away with the National Eligibility-Cum-Entrance Test (NEET) for medical admissions, stop Neutrino and hydrocarbon schemes and usher in quota in the private sector in its manifesto released for the Lok Sabha election.

“NEET for medical admissions will be scrapped,” DMK president M K Stalin said while unveiling the salient features of his party’s manifesto at Anna Arivalayam, the party’s headquarters in Chennai.

Opposition to NEET in Tamilnadu from major political parties and students had taken emotive overtones in the past.

Stalin said steps would be taken for implementing reservation in the private sector. The party also assured steps for waiver of all educational loans taken by students.

Against the background of agitations by State government employees seeking to revert to the old pension scheme in place of the newly-introduced contributory scheme, the DMK chief said: “We will bring back the old pension scheme for Central and State government employees.”

He said the party would revert to the administered-price mechanism to regulate the prices of petrol, diesel and LPG.

DMK election manifesto committee members with Stalin.

Another key feature of the manifesto is doing away with the direct cash transfer of subsidy for LPG and bringing down the prices of cylinders.

Stalin had earlier urged the public to send in their suggestions for the DMK manifesto.

AT A GLANCE

* Implementation of Metro rail projects in Tiruchi, Madurai, Coimbatore and Salem
* Excavation will continue at Keezhadi and a museum will be set up
* Cancellation of education loans
* Equal distribution of Central funds to all States
* Old pension scheme for Central and State government employees
* Interest-free loan of Rs 50,000 will be given to women below poverty line who aspire to start business
* Free train pass for students
* Steps will be taken to complete Sethu Samudhiram project at the earliest
* 100 days work scheme will be increased to 150 days
* Stopping Neutrino and hydrocarbon schemes

NT Bureau