In the midst of a heated debate with Governor R N Ravi over an anti-NEET law that was twice passed by the state assembly, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M K Stalin argued on Tuesday for moving education from the concurrent list to the state list of the Constitution.
In his Independence Day speech, Stalin also announced the creation of a welfare board for gig workers, the expansion of the breakfast program to all public schools in the state, the beginning of a program that will start paying every woman $1000 per month starting on September 15, and specialized skill training for those looking to join the armed forces.
Stalin argued that all areas that directly affect people, including education, should be included in the state list of the Constitution.
“Only by moving education to the state list of the Constitution, qualifying examination method like the cruel National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) could be completely scrapped,” he claimed, noting that Dravidian icons and former chief minister’s C N Annadurai and M Karunanidhi supported state autonomy in a federal India.
Stalin on Monday requested President Droupadi Murmu to quickly give her approval to a state Bill that seeks to exempt Tamil Nadu from the scope of the qualifying test following the suicides of an adolescent, a NEET applicant, and his father due to alleged stress related to the medical course.
The governor, R N Ravi, was also criticized by the chief minister for his pro-NEET stance. ‘Education’ was moved from the state list to the concurrent list by the Constitution (Forty-second Amendment) Act of 1976.
According to Stalin, the nation, which consists of states, should expand with the growth of people of different racial backgrounds, languages, faiths, and cultures in mind. There isn’t a happier development in India than the growth of the Dravidian model of governance, which is centered on social justice.
Stalin claimed that all of India’s great leaders, including Dr. B. R. Ambedkar and “Periyar” E. V. Ramasamy, desired an egalitarian India. In Tamil Nadu, we are in charge of such a government, Stalin declared.
At the time, the chief minister declared that various government departments will fill about 55,000 vacancies. The CM unveiled a strategy to upskill retired military veterans in order to make it easier for them to find suitable reemployment possibilities.
10,000 employees would be taught for an approximate $7 crore cost, and full assistance would be provided until they were placed in the appropriate positions. According to Stalin, the monthly stipend for the kin of liberation fighters will rise to 11,000 from 10,000.
From August 25, all 31,008 state-run schools will be included in the breakfast program for pupils attending government schools, benefiting 15.75 lakh students. In Tirukkuvalai (Tiruvarur), where Karunanidhi attended school, the program will be unveiled. For the current fiscal year, 404 crore rupees have been set aside for the initiative.
To safeguard the interests of employees of companies like Ola, Uber, Swiggy, and Zomato, he announced the creation of a special welfare board.
On September 15, Annadurai’s birth anniversary, the monthly 1,000 aid program for women (Kalaignar Magalir Urimai Thittam), he emphasized, would be introduced.
The CM said that 500 more people would receive the 1 lakh subsidy package for female autorickshaw drivers to purchase new autos. In addition, he unveiled plans for the $25 billion “Kalaignar Centenary Park,” which will be built on a 6.09-acre plot of land on Cathedral Road in the city.
“The 77th year of the Indian Union’s Independence Day begins.” Tamil Nadu is an important part of the Indian Union.” Stalin, expressing delight in hoisting the tricolor, stated that the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) dictatorship is second to none in honoring independence fighters, and he outlined the DMK regime’s achievements in this regard.
The chief minister further elaborated on the DMK regime’s welfare measures, claiming that under the fare-free transit plan for women in government town buses, 50 lakh ladies went every day. “So far, women have benefited from this scheme by taking approximately 314 crore trips in government buses.” On average, each beneficiary can save more than 850 dollars each month.” He stated that in the two years after the DMK took control, Tamil Nadu has seen overall progress.
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