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Arvind Kejriwal writes to PM Modi; requests him to not overturn SC's order on NEET

News Agencies | Updated on: 20 May 2016, 13:38 IST

On 20 May, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal write to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to not pass any order against the Supreme Court's decision on National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET). He said the Supreme Court's order had facilitated a number of aspiring medical students and discouraged rich parents to make donations to get their children admitted into private medical colleges.

In the letter, Kejriwal said the hard working and diligent students missed out on opportunities for a quality medical education, as students from affluent families got into through donations, which is why the apex court's ruling on the matter should not be challenged or questioned.

"It has come to my attention that reports are adrift that the Centre is making plans to overturn the decision by the Supreme Court and people have been tensed upon hearing this news. The people of the nation will be cheated if the Centre goes through with this decision. Just a few days ago, Union Health Minister JP Nadda called a meeting over the issue, where almost all health ministers opposed NEET, except Delhi Health Minister Satyendra Jain," the letter stated.

Kejriwal added it is also being said that many politicians are running their own private medical colleges, in which some institutions are indulging in the practice of accepting large donations, which is why they were vehemently against the NEET examinations.

"It is my humble request to you to ensure that no orders are brought against the Supreme Court ruling in the matter, otherwise people will think that the Centre stands with those who garner black money," Kejriwal said.

Meanwhile, the Union Cabinet is expected to clear an ordinance or an executive order to defer the implementation of NEET.

The decision to issue an ordinance was taken in the aftermath of several meetings between Union Health Minister JP Nadda and state health ministers to discuss the issue.

The meeting was convened after several parliamentarians opposed the common medical entrance test, saying NEET has created confusion among students who have already applied for the state entrance exams.


First published: 20 May 2016, 13:38 IST