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Chennai:

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister today announced a relief of 7 Lakh rupees to the family of Pratibha, the 19-year-old girl who allegedly committed suicide on Monday night after the declaration of NEET results. Pratibha couldn’t clear the exam, at her second attempt. He had also made an appeal to the students to not go for such “dangerous step.” Last year around September, the suicide of Anita had ignited a major anti-NEET protest in Tamil Nadu.

Meanwhile, the issue has started off a political ball game in Tamil Nadu and was brought up at the state assembly. DMK chief MK Stalin enquired if the government would be willing to provide job opportunity to the family of Pratibha. DMK later walked out of the assembly session. Her father Shanmugotam is a farmer and her mother Amutha is a farm worker. Pratibha hails from Villupuram district.

Pratibha had passed the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) last year and had qualified for studying traditional medicine Siddha. “She declined that and appeared for NEET again for the second time this year as she was firm in her dream to be an MBBS doctor,” said Murugesan, a neighbor.

Prince Gajendra Babu, educationist and an active presence in anti-NEET movement responded to TWJ,” This is not an emotional issue. This is not an issue that shall be discussed after every suicide. It is basically a constitutional question. It is about federal rights and social security measures that the state government keeps in place.”He added that a reaction can only be expected if there is a sensible person on the seat. “The state assembly has discussed the issue and have passed two bills. What prevents them from implementing the same,” asked him.

Following the anti-NEET protest, the Tamil Nadu government had come up with two resolutions which asked for exclusion for the students from the state from NEET. However, it still hasn’t received the approval from President.

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