NEET: CM assures special Assembly session if needed

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami today said, if needed, a special session of the Assembly will be convened to pass new resolutions against NEET.

He was replying to Leader of Opposition and DMK president M K Stalin who asked why the Chief Minister and other Ministers did not put more pressure on the Central government to get response to the letters.

Palaniswami said he stressed on the importance of NEET exemption to Prime Minister Narendra Modi whenever he met him.

He added: “NEET is an emotional topic and we are on the same page as the DMK on the subject. The welfare of the students of the State is our priority. Only now the issue has gone to court, we will seek answers there. If that fails, we can even convene a special session and pass new resolutions against NEET.”

Also today, the CM announced in the Assembly that ‘My Hospital My Pride’, a new initiative to upgrade the health care services in government hospitals, will soon be implemented in the State.
Making a Statement under Rule 110 in the State Assembly, he said the new scheme would be implemented with social and like-minded industry participation.

The Union government on Tuesday filed a counter affidavit in the Madras High Court stating that two bills sent by the Tamil Nadu government to the office of President seeking exemption from the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test had in fact been returned to the state in 2017.

The affidavit said, “The Tamil Nadu Admission to MBBS and BDS Courses Bill,” and “The Tamil Nadu Admission to Post Graduate Courses in Medicine and Dentistry Bill,2017 ” were placed for consideration of the president in the form of “summary signed by the Union Home minister on September 11, 2017.”

It added that the President withheld his assent for the above bills on September 18 and they were accordingly returned to the state government vide a letter dated September 22.