Reservation row: TN Ministers meet Governor

Chennai: A team of five Ministers met Tamilnadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit at the Raj Bhavan today and requested him to approve the 7.5 per cent reservation to government school students who clear NEET to get into medical admissions.

The team of  Ministers comprised of C Vijayabaskar, K P Anbalagan, Sengottaiyan, Jayakuamr and C Ve Shanmugam.

A Bill in this regard was passed on September 15 by the Assembly, but the Governor is yet to give his assent.

The issue took a political turn with Opposition parties questioning the ‘inordinate’ delay in the Governor giving his seal of approval. DMK, AMMK run by AIADMK rebel T T V Dhinakaran, PMK, and other political parties have appealed to Purohit to take a decision at the earliest as NEET results have already been released.

They also sought to know how Palaniswami was ‘maintaining silence’ on the issue. ‘The Governor not giving his assent to the Bill passed by the Assembly and the Chief Minister maintaining silence is a betrayal of the interests of students. Is the Governor-Chief Minister alliance trying to put it in cold storae like the Bills that sought state-specific exemption from NEET for Tamilnadu,’ DMK president M K Stalin asked.

Speaking on the Bill, Palansiwami said between the period 2006-07 to 2010-11, around 300 new medical seats were created. On the contrary, during the past nine years alone, 1,400 more medical seats have been created in Tamilnadu by starting new medical colleges. During 2010-11, the total number of medical seats stood at 1,945 in Tamilnadu. This had now gone up to 3,345. To help rural students join medical courses easily, 11 more medical colleges were being established in the State.

Through this measure alone, 1,650 more medical seats would be created in Tamilnadu in the coming years, he added.

Stating that students from government schools and those studying in private schools hail from different socio-economic backgrounds, the Chief Minister said considering these disparities, it would be unfair to weigh them on an equal footing.

“Though students from government schools clear the NEET, they are not getting a sufficient number of medical seats. Hence, this sub-quota becomes necessary,” he added.

The Centre had in 2017 rejected two State-specific Bills passed by the Assembly seeking exemption.


NT Bureau