Union Health Minister JP Nadda said that National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test(NEET) is being implemented in Tamil Nadu and he requested the state government to consider giving reservation to the students from rural areas. JP Nadda said this when he was responding to the queries of the reports on the issue of Tamil Nadu seeking an exemption from NEET exam. HE also said that state government has the full freedom to provide reservation to the rural students in this regard.
JP Nadda said "It is being implemented here (Tamil Nadu) also...the Tamil Nadu government feels that those from a rural background will not be able to adjust to the NEET admission process. For that, I have told them that for the students of the state board or those from a rural background, they (state government) have full freedom to have their own reservation policy."
As far as reservations are concerned it is a state policy program and states can give special reservation to the students from weak community background, Nadda said. Tamil Nadu government and various other political parties from the state were against NEET because bulk of students from the state will be appearing from rural area where they do not have access to coaching classes.