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Speaking in the Assembly, Palaniswami said the government had written to the central government several times seeking the reason for the President not giving his assent to the two bills sent earlier.
  • Thursday, July 18, 2019 - 08:24

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami said on Wednesday that a special session of the Assembly could be convened to pass bills to exempt Tamil Nadu from the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) for admission to medical colleges.

Speaking in the Assembly, Palaniswami said the government had written to the central government several times seeking the reason for the President not giving his assent to the two bills sent earlier.

"Now, a reminder can be sent to the central government. If there is no reply, then a special session of the Assembly could be convened. There is nothing wrong in that," Palaniswami said.

According to him, the state government has been urging the central government to give its nod to the bills and has also included it in the memoranda submitted to the Centre.

Palaniswami said only if the reason for rejection was known a corrective action could be taken.

DMK President MK Stalin said the central government had returned the two NEET bills on September 22, 2017, and asked the government to draft new bills, seeking exemption from NEET, and get them passed by the Assembly.

The state Law Minister said the central government had not communicated to the state government its decision on the bills. The state government had written 12 letters to the central government on the issue, he added

On Monday, the DMK had slammed the Centre for rejecting two resolutions passed by the Tamil Nadu Assembly seeking an exemption to the state’s students from writing NEET. DMK members walked out of the Lok Sabha when the government did not respond

DMK's TR Baalu raised the issue during Zero Hour, saying the Bills were adopted by the Assembly but were rejected by the central government after 27 months.