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TN Governor returns anti-NEET Bill to Tamil Nadu assembly speaker, says It’s against Students

CHENNAI: In a surprising Move, Tamil Nadu governor R N Ravi returned the anti-NEET Bill to Tamil Nadu assembly speaker M Appavu on Tuesday 01-02-2022

An official release from Raj Bhavan said the governor took the decision after a thorough study of the Bill for admission to UG medical courses seeking exemption from NEET, and the report of the high-level committee constituted by the state government in this regard, which was the basis for the Bill and examined the pre-NEET status of social justice in medical admission especially for students coming from socially and economically poor background.

“The governor returned the Bill to the speaker, Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly on February 1, 2022, giving detailed reasons for its reconsideration by the House,” the release said.
The release said the governor feels that the Bill was against the interests of the students especially from the rural and economically poor background of the state.

The Governor cited the previous Supreme Court ruling on the NEET issue in the Christian Medical College, Vellore Association Vs Union of India case (2020), the supreme court upheld NEET as it prevented economic exploitation of poor students and is in furtherance of social justice, the release said.

Earlier In September 2021, The DMK government passed the Bill for admissions to undergraduate courses in medicine, dentistry, Indian medicine, and homeopathy on the basis of marks obtained by students in Class XII board examinations in the state legislative assembly.