Tamil Nadu Government Demands Scrapping of NEET: Cites Fraudulent Practices

The Tamil Nadu government has strongly criticized the Central government over alleged malpractices in the NEET exam, calling the awarding of grace marks fraudulent. State Health Minister Ma Subramanian emphasized the growing protests against NEET, demanding its abolition to ensure fair opportunities for medical aspirants, particularly those from rural and economically weaker backgrounds.

PTI | Chennai | Updated: 13-06-2024 16:02 IST | Created: 13-06-2024 16:02 IST
Tamil Nadu Government Demands Scrapping of NEET: Cites Fraudulent Practices
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The Tamil Nadu government on Thursday strongly condemned the Centre over alleged irregularities in the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) for medical admissions, labeling the awarding of grace marks as 'fraudulent'.

State Health Minister Ma Subramanian highlighted the increasing protests nationwide against the NEET, reiterating the DMK's call to abolish the screening test. "The National Testing Agency should be accountable for the irregularities and confusion caused by the grace marks issue," Subramanian said.

He further noted that the irregularities have caused mental distress to the 23 lakh candidates who took the test, with no grace marks awarded to Tamil Nadu students. The Centre informed the Supreme Court that the grace marks decision was revoked and candidates will have the option to re-test on June 23.

Subramanian urged the Union government to scrap NEET, reflecting the widespread demand across India. He also criticized former Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami for allowing NEET in the state despite opposition from late Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa. Subramanian concluded by stating that NEET has deprived many rural and economically weaker students of medical education opportunities.

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