DMK manifesto call for abolition of NEET brings up great cheers from student community

March 21, 2019
CHENNAI: Releasing the party's manifesto for the forthcoming parliamentary elections, DMK president MK Stalin has promised the people of Tamil Nadu a reformative Government, placing on record its controversial stand on vital issues of governance and development involving structural changes in the national set-up.

The issues he raised range from recasting of Central-State relations, separate budget for agriculture, transfer of the subject of education to the State List, waiver of educational loans, to free rail travel for the students in the country.

Bringing up a great cheer from the student community of the State, Stalin said a new Government on coming to power will forthwith abolish the NEET examination system for medical admission and Tamil Nadu will have one of its own for its students.

In an affirmative step ahead on the most emotive language issue, the DMK chief said the party will demand Tamil as co-official language in all the Central Government offices and banks in the State. Decades ago it was the same anti-Hindi posture that catapulted the partry to undisputed prominence and power and brought the Centre to its knees.

Hitting the nail on the head, the party leader said the Inter-State Council will decide on the constitution of the Finance Commission and its working and that a State will take 60 % of the total tax revenue which is raised from the people of the State.

Among other suggestions, he wanted the limit of income tax raised to Rs 8 lakh and for women and the differently abled up to Rs 10 lakh.

He asked the Centre to appoint one crore 10th Standard students for road maintenance in the country. He cited the example of "Makkal Nala Paniyalargal" of the DMK in Tamil Nadu. Stalin also asked for appointment 50 lakh women as welfare workers throughout the country.

He said his Government will revert to the old pension scheme and the administered price mechanism for fuel prices. He also promised citizenship to Lankan refugees and wanted to free Rajiv killers from jail.

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