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Protest Held Against Denial of Medical Seats to NEET-Qualified Chakma Students

Protest Held Against Denial of Medical Seats to NEET-Qualified Chakma Students
August 07
16:06 2017

A protest rally was organised jointly by all the Chakma NGOs of Mizoram at Kamalanagar, Chakma Autonomous District Council, protesting against the denial of MBBS seats allotted to four NEET (National Eligibility Entrance Test) qualified Chakma students, by the Mizoram government.

The four Chakma students who secured rank 4, 9,17 and 23 are respectively Darshan Chakma, Nibir Chakma, Mini Chakma and Nibir Tongchnagya. They went through the normal process of counseling and seats were allotted in different medical colleges after payment of requisite fees, but later cancelled them following agitation by Mizo Zirlai Pawl.

The protest rally has witnessed a huge response with people taking part in thousands. Placards reading “We want equal rights”, “Don’t play politics with minority rights”, “We are citizens not alien” were displayed by the demonstrators.

Even though the members of the Mizo Zirlai Pawl (MZP) attacked the rally the Chakmas, however, did not retaliate.

Similar rallies were also organised in other parts of the country including Guwahati, Silchar, Chennai etc.

It may be mentioned here that on 26th July, Minister of Higher and Technical Education of Mizoram, R Romawia issued an official statement stating that Mizoram government would defy the stay order of the Guwahati High Court in PIL No. 49/2016 and go ahead with the 2016 notification to provide medical and engineering seats to only the “sons of the soil” of Mizoram, who according to the minister, are the “Zo-ethnic people” or Mizos.


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