Chennai: Assembly session begins today at Kalaivanar Arangam; Congress to take up issues of NEET and COVID-19

  • | Monday | 14th September, 2020

For the first time in 10 years the Tamil Nadu Assembly session is being conducted outside the historic Fort St. George in Chennai which is often described as seat of power. NEET, NEP and state’s handling of pandemic are some of the issues set to be raised by Congress in this three day session of Tamil Nadu.

Issues relating to NEET, National Education Policy and government’s protocol in handling the coronavirus pandemic are among the topics set to be raised by Congress party in the three day session of Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly that began today. The assembly is taking place at Kalaivanar Arangam in Omandurar Governemnt Estate in Chennai today. The session which will take base for three consecutive days began today at 10am on third floor of newly built multipurpose auditorium.

For the first time in 10 years the Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly session is being conducted outside the historic Fort St. George in Chennai. Officials had stated that the decision was taken as physical distancing cannot be maintained in the available space at the fort.

Congress Party MLA Vijayadharani stated that ‘’from congress party we will bring up issues relating to coronavirus, the death as well as the rehabilitation recovery and also the NEET and the suicide of students and issue relating to NEP and reservation policy’’. She further stated ‘’Today is the first day of assembly, particularly resolution regarding members of legislative assembly as well as Parliament members who have passed away recently were brought up in condoling their demise and our Lok Sabha MP H Vasantha Kumar was also remembered’’.

She also stated that ‘’Apart from that opposition DMK President MK Stalin raised the issue of NEET and related suicides but the speaker did not allowed him to proceed with the request. Therefore I think in forthcoming two days these issues will be taken up’’.

Ahead of the assembly session, Tamil Nadu government had directed all legislative members to take COVID-19 test 72 hours prior to the meeting. The test was scheduled to carry out at assembly campus and the MLA hostel. All members including department officials, assembly workers, security personnel and journalist among others who will be attending the assembly premises were directed to undergo testing in their areas from 11th September from health officials in each district. The government had made arrangements in respective areas. All members attending the three day assembly should obtain COVID-19 negative certificate prior.

The COVID-19 tally in Tamil Nadu piled up to 5, 02,579 recording 5693 positive cases on Sunday among this Chennai recorded 994 positive cases bringing the city’s toll to 1,48,584. The state recorded 74 deaths on Sunday and the toll piled up to 8381.           

               



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