TN Govt. to Exert Pressure on Centre in NEET Issue

Chennai: Continuing its efforts in seeking exemption from NEET, Tamil Nadu Health Minister Dr C. Vijayabaskar today met Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi on the issue.

The Minister, who was camping in the National capital along with Health Department Secretary Dr J. Radhakrishnan, had been meeting several Union Ministers for the last two days to insist that the Centre take steps to exempt Tamil Nadu from NEET.

After several Ministers from the State met Union Ministers on the issue, Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami also took up the matter with Modi personally.

With time running out for medical admissions for the current year, the Tamil Nadu Government in a ‘last ditch’ effort, to get exempted from the purview of NEET, took up the matter once again with the Centre.

On July 31, Dr Vijayabaskar and Dr Radhakrishnan met Union Health Minister J. P. Nadda three times on a single day and Minister of State at PMO Jitendra Singh and urged them to get the Presidential nod for the two Bills passed in the State Assembly, exempting Tamil Nadu from NEET.

An official release here said ”as a last ditch effort, the Minister and the Secretary met Nadda to seek exemption from NEET”.

The release said Dr Vijayabaskar, along with Lok Sabha Deputy Speaker M. Thambidurai, met Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh yesterday on the issue and followed it up by meeting the Prime Minister today, seeking his intervention.

The rebel AIADMK faction led by former Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam also met the Prime Minister and sought exemption from NEET.