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Centre's 'injurious' policies distressed farm sector: Pondy CM

Press Trust of India  |  Puducherry 

Chief Minister today accused the BJP-led Union of pursuing "injurious" economic policies that have forced farmers to commit suicide and caused heavy losses to his

Narayanasamy, at a demonstration called by alliance partner against the Union government's decision to impose NEET-based selection of students for medical courses, said the heavy losses suffered was mainly due to the Centre's policies such as the Goods and Services Act (GST).

The senior leader also criticised the sudden of high-value currency in November last year, which had led to chaos across the country.

He said the Union government's "injurious policies" had been "chiefly responsible for suicides of farmers" across "The implementation of the from July led to serious setback in flow to "

On the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET), he said the decision has led to confusion among students.

He demanded that "Education", now under the 'Concurrent List' in the Constitution, should be brought under the 'State List'.

"We have sought exemption of Puducherry from NEET by adopting a resolution in the assembly. We have also submitted a draft bill on the subject to the Centre. Both the resolution and the draft bill were gathering dust and no action had been taken on our plea for exemption of Puducherry from NEET", he said.

Narayanasamy said the demonstration was organised in keeping with the announcement of the working president and leader of opposition in Tamil Nadu assembly M K Stalin.

Convener of Puducherry unit R Siva MLA said the protest was only the first of a series of agitations to come.

Accusing Lt Governor Kiran Bedi of blocking the government's welfare schemes, he warned of protests against her.

PCC president and PWD minister A Namassivayam, Deputy Speaker V P Sivakolundhu, leaders and workers of the DMK, CPI, CPI (Marxist), VCK, Manidha Neya Makkal Iyakkam, Dravidar Kazhagam and a number of student bodies participated in the protest.

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First Published: Wed, September 13 2017. 13:43 IST