After observing the below par performance of the candidates from Bengal in the National Eligibility and Medical Entrance Test, Mamata Banerjee has decided to come out of the NEET scheme if gross errors are not rectified with immediate effect. But before that the ruling Trinamool congress is also planning to raise the issue in parliament along with other like-minded parties, sources said.
The Chief Minister said on Tuesday that “we are offended, the way the NEET exams were conducted. There are many flaws in it.” She added in the current scheme of things the regional aspirations would be deprived and advantages would go to ‘outsiders’ and not the bhoomi putras (people of the soil).
“The language is a big barrier. If things are conducted the way they were this time then local students and will not get chance and medical profession in States will be filled by people who do not belong to the regions concerned. Since language is a big issue in treating patients it is necessary that it is taken care of,” Banerjee said.
The Chief Minister who had earlier written to Union Minister Prakash Javadekar drawing his attention over inadequate availability of Bengali
question papers and also inappropriate translation of English papers in to Bengali, on Tuesday iterated “we found translations of various types. In many cases question papers had not come in adequate numbers so as to compel the students write their papers with English or Hindi versions which is as good as disallowing them the advantage of mother language.” Sources in the Government also said the ruling party was pondering over whether the State could come out of the NEET scheme of things. The party was also planning to raise the issue in a big way in Parliament and was in touch with other parties like DMK so that a coordinated effort can be made. “Regional aspirations cannot be disregarded and ignored in a manner they have done this time. We will want them to rectify the gross errors immediately,” sources in the Education Department said.
Meanwhile, in a new development the Chief Minister has said that her Government was mulling ways to tax outsiders to fund free medical treatment to the people of the State.
She said there were lakhs of people from other States and even abroad who come to Bengal seeking medical services from the Government hospitals. “On humanitarian grounds we cannot deny treatment to them but we have every right to charge them so that we can provide relief to our own citizens,” Banerjee said.
Writer: Saugar Sengupta
Courtesy: The Pioneer