Following the rising protests against NEET in Tamilnadu, the Supreme Court today banned all such protests that might spawn a law and order situation in the state.
What does the order say?
A Bench led by Chief Justice Dipak Misra observed that NEET was upheld as the sole basis for admission to MBBS and BDS courses and any public protests, road blocks and breakdown of normal public life against it would amount to contempt of court.
The court ordered the State Chief Secretary and Home Secretary to ensure that law and order is maintained in the State. It issued notice to both officers.
What is Supreme Court judgement on NEET?
According to the judgement, it is the duty of the State government to ensure peaceful dwelling in the state and that anybody who intimidates people to protest against NEET, including the political parties will be subjected to severe action.
The court had also ordered the State Advocate General to appear before it on September 18 and explain the reason for the stirring protests in Tamilnadu against NEET following the suicide of a 17-year-old State Board student, S. Anitha, who had approached the Supreme Court against admission via NEET in the State.
Why are protests against NEET in Tamilnadu?
Anita, a NEET aspirant had committed suicide in her hometown as she could not clear NEET. It is to be noted that she had scored 1176 in her class 12 exams and yet could not qualify in the medical admissions. Following this gory incident, Tamilnadu is in a state of chaos as various groups, even irrelevant to education have started protesting against the NEET as it had resulted in the student's death.
Petition to stop anti-NEET protest
The petition, filed by Supreme Court lawyer G.S. Mani, had asked the court to intervene and direct the State government to maintain the law and order situation.
"The agitations and road blocks create a law and order situation which is very dangerous. The State authority unable to keep the situation under control," the petition said.
It asked the court to "not permit political parties and the public to conduct illegal strike/boycott/human chain/road blocking/rail roko or any other mode of a strike against NEET."
Solution for NEET problem
The petition said, the State authorities should come to the aid of State Board students by upgrading the syllabus to make it on par with the CBSE. This would help the State Board students to compete in NEET with their CBSE counterparts on equal terms.