DMK to forgo agricultural loans and education, says MP Stalin
Stalin also pledged to take steps to abolish the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) for admissions to state medical schools.
Tamil Nadu’s main opposition party, DMK, on ââWednesday pledged to forgo loans from farmers and students for their education if it comes to power after parliamentary elections scheduled for April-May this year.
DMK chairman MK Stalin also pledged to take action to abolish the National Eligibility and Entrance Test (NEET) for admissions to state medical schools. Stalin made these promises after attending the Pongal celebrations organized by the Tiruvallur district DMK.
âI promise that the DMK government will follow in Kalaignar’s (Mr. Karunanidhi) footsteps in responding to the needs of farmers. We will forgo farmers’ loans when we come to power after four months. We mentioned in our 2019 election manifesto that we would also forgo gold loans up to five sovereigns for families who had been forced to mortgage gold due to financial difficulties, âStalin said.
The president of the DMK recalled that his father and former chief minister Mr. Karunanidhi had kept his electoral promise to renounce all agricultural loans and to provide free electricity to farmers. He also took the opportunity to launch a tirade against Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami accusing him of “betraying the farmers” by supporting the Centre’s controversial agricultural laws.
On NEET, the DMK chairman said the state maintained the remote entrance exam during the terms of Karunanidhi and J Jayalalithaa, but was only implemented in Tamil Nadu after Palaniswami became the chief minister.
âThe DMK is against NEET. We will take all measures to eliminate NEETs after we come to power. I said it earlier and I’m making the promise again, âStalin said.