Public meeting in Tiruchy against Neet on September 8

Angelo Anderson
September 5, 2017

Anitha, daughter of a daily wage labourer, had pleaded before the Supreme Court through a lawyer that her Plus-2 marks should be the sole criteria for getting admission into a medical college.

As Tamil Nadu simmers over the death of Dalit student Anitha over failing to secure a medical seat in the first round of counseling, the BJP and AIADMK have received severe backlash over imposing the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test. Tamilisai Soundrajan's tweet only made matters worse drawing more flak.

Anitha was a Dalit from Tamil Nadu's Ariyalur district who committed suicide on September 1.

T.Shanmugham, father of Anitha, declined the cheque from the government saying he will not receive any compensation from the government until the State was exempted from NEET.

But, the examination was imposed on Tamil Nadu due to the arrogant attitude of the BJP government, the resolution said and added that the centre did not send the bills passed in TN Assembly to the President.

Meanwhile, Anitha's family has rejected the Tamil Nadu government's offer of seven lakh rupees in financial aid on Monday. She had impleaded herself as one of the respondents in a Supreme Court case challenging NEET. Other pro-Tamil outfits staged state-wide protests.

NEET 2017 was conducted bt the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) on May 7 and the results were declared on June 23.

The all-party meeting convened by the DMK on Monday chose to hold a public meeting in Tiruchy on September 8 to demand a permanent exemption from NEET for Tamil Nadu and to restore the subject "education" to the State list from the concurrent list besides seeking necessary constitutional amendments in this regard. Last year, Bengali academic and activist Garga Chatterjee wrote that NEET creates an urban-rural divide, based on the boards they are studying in, and gave suggestions on its drawbacks.

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