In the wake of controversies surrounding National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) and workers strikes including transport trade unions and farmers, Working President of the DMK and the opposition leader M K Stalin said “We want the TN assembly to be convened immediately, to discuss many serious issues including workers strike and NEET,” ANI quoted him as saying.
We want the TN assembly to be convened immediately, to discuss many serious issues including workers strike and NEET: MK Stalin pic.twitter.com/VmbPnVu9M4
— ANI (@ANI_news) May 16, 2017
Yesterday, HRD ministry had asked CBSE to explain the complaints put forward by several students and subject experts on the NEET. The students had written to HRD saying that the examinations in regional languages were more difficult than the examination papers in English and Hindi. Students from the Telugu background had also complained that the examination papers given to them were in English and Hindi and not Telugu, according to PTI.
“There are certain reports about the paper being difficult for regional languages. The CBSE has been asked about it and the board will come out with a clarification soon,” PTI quoted an HRD ministry official as saying. In another bizarre event, a girl was asked to remove her bra before appearing in the examination as it had metal hooks and anything ‘metal’ was not allowed in the examination centre. In yet another incident, Trade unions of Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation (TNSTC) had called a strike, suspending bus services until their demands are met.
The demands put forward by the trade unions included the release of funds along with retirement benefits and provident funds of the employees. Earlier, Tamil Nadu farmers had protested for drought relief fund in the National Capital Delhi. The farmers demanded a drought relief package of Rs.40,000. They also demanded the Narendra Modi government to waive off their loans.