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Collection of money from students assailed

Accuses DMK of ignoring killings in Sri Lanka

CHENNAI: The Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam should allot the Congress some of the Ministry slots in the State since it depended on Congress support, Pattali Makkal Katchi founder S. Ramadoss said here on Friday. He told presspersons that the DMK should not wait for Congress president Sonia Gandhi to ask for slots in the Ministry but accommodate them after considering that party’s strength in the Assembly. He said Local Administration Minister M.K. Stalin being made the Deputy Chief Minister was but an expected move.

Dr. Ramadoss said looting people in the name of professional education had become common and the government was doing nothing to prevent the blatant collection of money from parents. He said the PMK had been fighting for five years to end the system of capitation fees in private engineering and medical colleges. The system of admission based solely on money also meant the colleges violated rules guiding reservation in education for the oppressed classes.

The government’s stand that it would act on specific cases that are brought to its notice was not correct, he said. He asked if it was realistic to expect parents to reveal how much they may have paid for their child to gain admission in a college.

The government was shirking its responsibility in the matter of controlling capitation fees in private professional institutions. On the DMK’s demands with respect to State autonomy, Dr. Ramadoss said Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi made demands on autonomy or launched anti-Hindi agitations whenever he felt the DMK’s strength was being eroded. He wondered why the Chief Minister was silent as hundreds of Tamils were being killed in Sri Lanka. He said he had no confidence that the State or the Centre would intervene to save Tamils. “The international community and the United Nations are the only hope,” he said.