NEET 2017: DMK MPs meet Health Minister JP Nadda to seek Tamil Nadu's exemption from exam
A delegation of DMK MPs met JP Nadda and urged him to hasten the process of getting president's nod for two bills over exempting Tamil Nadu from NEET
New Delhi: A delegation of DMK members of parliament on Monday met Union minister JP Nadda and urged him to hasten the process of getting president's nod for two bills passed in Tamil Nadu Assembly over exempting the state from the National Entrance Cum Eligibility Test (NEET).
DMK Rajya Sabha MPs Tiruchi Siva, TKS Elangovan and RS Bharathi met the Union health minister and apprised him about the issue.
"There has been too much delay on the issue. The state (TN) ministers are now taking efforts after we (opposition DMK) announced a human chain agitation on the matter," Siva said, adding that students have been affected by the common medical entrance examination.
The DMK had announced to hold a human chain protest on 27 July across all districts of the state seeking presidential assent to the bills.
Similarly, the ruling AIADMK ministers from the state headed by Lok Sabha deputy speaker M Thambidurai earlier met Home Minister Rajnath Singh to exert pressure on the Centre regarding the issue. The delegation had also met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other central ministers last week regarding the matter.
The AIADMK, DMK and other parties in the state have been opposing the NEET, saying state board students, especially from rural areas, would find it difficult to compete with CBSE students.
'Decision has been taken keeping the wellbeing of our young medical students in mind,' the Union health minister said.
According to reports, the exam is slated to be held on 18 April in 255 centres across the country
NEET-PG is an eligibility-cum-ranking exam conducted for admission to various MD/MS and PG Diploma courses