Exempt Students From NEET, Take Back Katchatheevu From Sri Lanka: Stalin’s Plea To Modi

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By: Ayanangsha Maitra
Updated: 01 April, 2022 2:20 pm IST

NEW DELHI: Calling on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin put out a string of appeals and expressed his concerns over the bitter financial crunch in Sri Lanka. The TN CM presented a memorandum to Prime minister Modi on Thursday in New Delhi requesting the PM to allow the government of Tamil Nadu to supply food and essential medicines to Sri Lanka.

He also requested the PM and Home Minister Amit Shah to exempt the medical aspirants of his state from NEET. The Tamil State Assembly has already passed a bill, which was turned down by the Governor for the first time. Tamil Nadu government has sent the bill for Governor’s perusal for the second time but the Governor’s decision is still pending on the same.

Tamil Nadu has recently been witnessing incidents of “trespassing” from the neighbouring Sri Lanka where about16 Sri Lankan nationals have reportedly entered Tamil Nadu via waterways over the past two-three weeks. The state, it is learnt, has been indecisive on whether to put the escapees under the category of refugee or illegal migrant. In earlier tenure, the DMK officially called such people “Diasporic Tamil” — a synonym for refugee.

While addressing the reporters outside the Tamil Nadu house (Podhigai), the 69 year-old CM shared details on various development projects being undertaken in the state. Among those, he announced the opening of an Aviation Development Hub in Coimbatore.

The DMK also called upon the Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and it is learnt that Singh commended the state, saying, “Tamil Nadu is a conducive state for defence production and innovation.”

Stalin shared that he has appealed to the Road and Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari to transform the Chennai-Kanyakumari National Highway to a 6 lane Highway and to the Centre to take back Katchatheevu, an uninhabited island earlier given to Sri Lanka.

During his stay in New Delhi, the DMK leader will inaugurate a new party office on Saturday, reflecting the Lok Sabha member’s desire of acquiring more political strength at the National level.

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