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As Governor RN Ravi paid his respects to a portrait of Mahatma Gandhi on Chennai’s marina beach, some 5 kilometers away, education activists went on a hunger strike on Sunday, urging him to pass on the NEET Exemption Bill, which has been with him since September, to the President for his assent.

“Tamil Nadu’s educational development is the result of the three-century-old social justice movement and the sustained struggle of teachers’, students’ and parents’ organizations,” said Prince Gajendra Babu, secretary general of the platform. -state form for the common school system, which led the protest. “The struggle goes beyond getting assent to a bill,” Babu said. “The struggle is to salvage the Constitution of India with a federal character and parliamentary democracy as its basic structure.”

The Medical Undergraduate Courses Bill, 2021 was passed by the DMK-led state government in the state assembly last September to restore Tamil’s medical admissions process Nadu considering only Class 12 grades before the Supreme Court made NEET mandatory in 2017. When the organization filed an RTI request on the status of the bill, the governor’s office responded last December that “the file is under study”.

“Isn’t it the governor’s responsibility to reveal to the people what he plans on the subject in which he can make no decision?” Babou asked. “The governor’s silence is very disturbing.”

The state also pressured the governor about it. Despite the differences, Chief Minister MK Stalin and senior ministers and bureaucrats accompanied Ravi to pay their respects on the anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi’s death.

Just a day ago, ruling DMK party organ Murasoli published a column criticizing Ravi saying ‘it’s Tamil Nadu not Nagaland’ for his views on the state’s bilingual policy and the NEETs. The column pointed out that although there are multiple viewpoints on a myriad of issues, the state has united to pursue its bilingual policy and abolish NEETs. “The governor should understand this and gain the consent of the unanimous opinion of the state by properly informing the union government,” the column said, adding that there can be no “big brother” attitude. “.

Ravi, who was Nagaland’s interlocutor, was transferred to Tamil Nadu last September and the state Congress then debated whether he would act in the interests of the state or the BJP-led Center .

On the eve of Republic Day, Ravi pointed out in a statement that it was unfair to deprive Tamil Nadu students of knowledge of other Indian languages. “In addition to fostering fraternity and better mutual appreciation, linguistic, intellectual and cultural pollination will enrich us all and also open up several opportunities for our harmonious growth,” the governor said. Ravi also came out in favor of NEET saying that before its introduction, the share of public school students in public medical schools was barely 1%.

Meanwhile, the protesters seek a response from the Governor on the NEET Bill by the end of the day failing which Babu says he will individually go on a Satyagraha until a favorable response is received. received arguing that NEET has a negative impact on medical aspirants from rural and poor backgrounds. .


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