Anandiben’s plea for NEET in regional languages

Press Trust of India New Delhi | Updated on January 17, 2018 Published on July 17, 2016

The Gujarat government has appealed to the Centre to conduct the National Eligibility-cum -Entrance Test (NEET) for admission to MBBS course in regional languages for the benefit of students.

Speaking at the 11th meeting of the Inter-State Council (ISC) here on Saturday, Chief Minister Anandiben Patel said conducting the test in regional languages will benefit students. The same demand has earlier been raised by some other States.

Coastal policing

She also laid emphasis on the need for having more coastal police stations in Gujarat to fill the gap in the coastal policing, given its proximity to Pakistan. She urged the Centre to consider its request for financial assistance for setting up a forensic laboratory.

Patel said her government was in complete agreement with the recommendations made by Justice MM Punchhi Commission, which was formed to look into the new issues of Centre-State relations keeping in view the changes that have been taken place in the polity and economy of the country.

She, however, said that the Centre should take into consideration the views of the State government and “take necessary actions to achieve the goal of cooperative federalism.”


On the use of Aadhaar, she said Gujarat has already enrolled 91.26 per cent adult population under the scheme. For covering the remaining adult population, the state government has set up 560 permanent enrolment centres.

“We have also constituted a Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) Cell in the Finance Department to oversee both, Aadhaar seeding and also the flow of financial benefits to the beneficiaries’ accounts through DBT.

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Published on July 17, 2016
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