The Tamil Nadu Admission to Undergraduate Medical Degree Courses Bill, 2021 or the Anti-NEET Bill was passed by the Tamil Nadu Assembly on 13th September, 2021.
Chief Minister MK Stalin, who introduced the bill, seeks a complete exemption from the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) for the students seeking admissions into medical colleges.
This change comes after a 20 year old student committed suicide, in Tamil Nadu’s Salem district, hours before he was supposed to appear for the exam. All the parties, except the Bharatiya Janata Party voted in favour of the bill.
Speaking in the Assembly, the CM asked all the members to support the bill and reinforced that the government is taking ‘all the necessary steps to cancel the NEET exam and enrol students in medical education based on Class 12th marks.’
All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) welcomed the NEET bill and Opposition Leader Edappadi K Palaniswami said that his party had tried to pass a similar resolution but it didn’t work out which is why they brought the 7.5 percent horizontal reservation for government school students in medical colleges.
The BJP MLAs, however, staged a walkout to oppose the bill.
“Today, I have presented the resolution against NEET. You (AIADMK) also brought this resolution. I urge Opposition parties to extend their support to this resolution,” Stalin also said in the Assembly.