Chennai, April 21: In order to get the assent of the President Pranab Mukherjee for two state bills, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswamy sought Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s intervention with an aim to ensure the continuation of the present system of admission to medical courses in the state.In a letter to the Prime Minister Narendra Modi, CM Palaniswamy said that "This assent would enable the state to continue its existing fair and transparent system of admission to medical and dental colleges in the state.” Earlier in February, Tamil Nadu assembly passed the Tamil Nadu Admissions to Post Graduate Courses in Medicine and Dentistry Bill, 2017 and Tamil Nadu Admissions to MBBS and BDS Courses Bill, 2017, apparently aimed at bypassing the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test.
Palaniswamy requested Modi to "urgently" readdress this issue by expediting the Presidential assent to the bills. Palaniswamy said as per the existing practice in the state, a total of 50% of state quota seats were allocated to doctors in government service. However, the NEET prospectus indicated that admission would be undertaken by the designated authorities using NEET marks as per applicable regulations.
"As a result provision of quality health care to needy people in rural and remote areas has been placed in jeopardy", he said. He also said the state government would appeal against the Madras High Court order that admissions to Post Graduate courses should be according to the regulations by the Medical Council of India.