TN Governor likely to give nod to quota in medical seats

Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit is likely to clear a Bill envisaging 7.5% horizontal reservation in admissions to undergraduate medical courses for students from government schools in the State who qualify in the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test.

A five-member ministerial delegation of the Tamil Nadu cabinet on Tuesday met Governor Banwarilal Purohit, seeking approval for a bill providing 7.5 per cent reservation on a preferential basis in medical admissions for state government school students who clear NEET.

The Tamil Nadu Assembly had on September 15 unanimously passed the bill to provide the said horizontal quota in medical admissions for state government school students who clear the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET).

The Bill passed unanimously by the state Assembly provides for 7.5 per cent reservation for students of government schools in medical college admissions and was sent to Purohit for his assent.

The Governor is yet to take a decision on the Bill.

The Tamil Nadu government has decided not to proceed with the admission process for medical colleges till Purohit takes a decision on the Bill.Meanwhile, opposition parties have demanded Purohit to give his assent to the Bill.

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 Tamil Nadu,” DMK president M K  Stalin asked.