Nov. 22, 2020, 2:09 a.m.
Ahead of the assembly ballot in Tamil Nadu, DMK leader MP Stalin announced on Saturday that his party would pay tuition fees for those admitted to private medical schools as part of the quota for students of the public schools, the AIADMK government specifying a few hours later that it would create a revolving fund for the same under the Tamil Nadu Medical Services Corporation.
Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami also accused DMK of staging a “political drama” and said the DMK announcement came after the government made it clear that post-registration and other financial assistance will be appropriately supported for these students.
In a surprise move last month, the AIADMK government took the executive route and passed a government ordinance reserving 7.5% of undergraduate medical seats – for students who have studied from 6th to 12th in public schools and authorized the NEET – after a delay on part of Governor Banwarilal Purohit in giving his assent to the quota law passed unanimously in the Assembly.
Stalin’s announcement and the government’s clarification come amid several reports about the difficulties faced by students benefiting from the new quota policy.
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