Jayalalitha pens two letters to Modi in a day
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa has asked the Centre to ensure that the common entrance exam NEET for MBBS and dental courses is “not forced” on it even in the future as its implementation would “nullify” certain policy initiatives and socio-economic objective of the state.
She said this in a letter to prime minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday. Later in the day, she thanked the PM and welcomed the Centre’s decision to include three communities from Tamil Nadu in the Scheduled Tribes’ list, a demand made by the state in 2012.
She expressed joy over her government’s efforts in this regard yielding result. Jayalalithaa recalled that her government had in 2012 written to the Centre, seeking to implement the Lokur Committee recommendation that Narikoravan, Kurivikkaran and Malayalee Gounder be included in the ST list.
Union Cabinet approval will pave the way for the Narikorava, Kuruvikkaran and Malayalee Gounder communities get all the welfare and live a life of dignity, she said.
In her letter on NEET, Jayalalithaa thanked Mr. Modi for promulgating an ordinance over the issue and thereby, “for the time being, put at rest the mental agony, stress and anxiety of lakhs of students and their parents aspiring for medical admission for the current year in the State quota.”
Holding that the Ordinance would only “temporarily” address the issue for the current year, she contended that Tamil Nadu