COIMBATORE: Actor-turned-politician Kamal Haasan’s Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM) has promised to replace the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test with the State Eligibility cum Entrance Test (SEET) for medical admission in the state, if his party was voted to power.
It was one of the biggest promises in the party’s election manifesto that was released in the city on Friday. The party has also promised to provide jobs to 50 lakh to one crore people and double the per capita income in 10 years.
Pointing out that most government school students in the state were finding it difficult to crack the NEET, Kamal said the SEET question papers would be framed based on the state board syllabus to make it easy for the students to crack the exam.
The MNM seems to have envisioned a plan to revamp the state’s education system by abolishing Class X and XII public examinations and introducing a four-year-long pre-graduation programme from Class IX. The manifesto said only one examination – either public examination or entrance examination – will be held.
Terming the manifesto a ‘living document, he said the same was prepared with a long-term vision and not a poll stunt.
Kamal also took a dig at other major political parties, saying freebies and doles promised by them would only add more burden to the already debt-ridden state. He said the MNM had better ideas other than relying only on tax and getting loans to promote growth, generate revenue and bring the state out of debt.
He said the government-run enterprises like Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation could be turned profitable, by making employees shareholders.
Referring to the financial assistance that other parties had promised for homemakers, the actor said the MNM would creating an environment for them to earn by honing their skills. “With the skill development, women will be able to earn better on their own.”
The MNM also promised to set up ‘Makkal’ canteens, which would be different from ‘Amma’ canteens and ration shops. The specialty is that people could purchase groceries and other items from ‘Makkal’ canteens at a reasonable price. It also vowed to implement former president A P J Abdul Kalam’s Provision of Urban Amenities to Rural Areas (PURA) plant to make villages self-sufficient and turn unorganized workers into organized workers. “All the schemes mentioned in our manifesto are practically possible to implement,” Kamal said.
When asked about the recent income-tax raid on the premises of the party’s treasurer A Chandrasekaran, Kamal said it was a raid on an individual and had nothing to do with the MNM. “Action will be taken against him if he is proven guilty.”
Later in the day, Kamal took to Twitter to slam the ruling party for not utilizing the Nirbhaya fund fully. His tweet read, “The state government has utilised only Rs6 crore from the Nirbhaya fund that was allotted to ensure the safety of women. As much as Rs190 crore was allotted to the state from the fund. A PIL was filed seeking the court direction to utilise the fund completely. The AIADMK government has not taken much interest in women safety.”