NEET 2020: Tamil Nadu chief minister K Palaniswami announced a solatium of Rs seven lakh on Thursday for the family of a 19-year-old teenager who had committed suicide due to stress, days before he was due to take the national aptitude test with admission.
In addition, a member of the boy’s family from Elanthankuzhi Village, Ariyalur District, would be given a government job or employment under government obligations, Palaniswami said.
Vignesh, who failed to enter medical school despite earlier clearance from NEET and trying to improve his score this time around, reportedly killed himself on Wednesday.
The prime minister expressed his grief over the youth who ended their lives due to psychological stress, saying that such extreme steps by students had tormented him greatly and expressed condolences to the bereaved family.
Sustained efforts and a determination to face any problem would bring success, and there are myriad ways to emerge victorious in life, he told the student community, assuring them that the government is always committed to their well-being.
He also appealed to parents to understand their children’s aspirations and to provide appropriate instructions to help prevent suicidal tendencies.
Pattali Makkal Katchi, meanwhile, announced financial support of Rs 10 lakh for the Vignesh family and reiterated his call for the national test to be abolished.
Tamil Nadu Congressional Committee President K S Alagiri, highlighting the stress faced by students from rural areas and from the backward class, planned casts to take the national test.
Alagiri condoled the boy’s death and accused the AIADMK government of not taking “intense action” to stop NEET in Tamil Nadu, and the congress leader blamed both the central and state governments for the student’s suicide and similar incidents responsible for NEET in the past.
Amma Makkal Munnetra Kazhagam chief TTV Dhinakaran wanted the DMK, which had “more MPs,” and chief minister K Palaniswami, who had power, to make “real efforts” to exempt Tamil Nadu students from the test.
He accused the DMK and Palaniswami of playing the guilt game through NEET.
Dravidar Kazhagam President K Veeramani, who hailed the boy’s death, called NEET one who “robbed” students of their dream of medical education and called for the test to be abolished.