Tirunelveli: In a well-meaning gesture by the Chief Minister Mr. Edappadi K Palaniswami, the State Express Transport Corporation (SETC) and Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation (TNSTC) operated ten special buses to Ernakulam in Kerala from Tirunelveli for 700 students of Tamil Nadu State Board as well as CBSE, from three southern districts of Tirunelveli, Thoothukudi and Kanyakumari appearing for NEET exam scheduled for Sunday.
Giving a send-off to students at Tirunelveli new bus stand, the Tirunelveli district collector, Sandeep Nanduri, flagged off a special bus at 7.30 am on Saturday.
A large number of students across the state have been complaining that they were allotted NEET exam centres at faraway places from neighbouring Kerala to border state of Rajasthan.
Distributing the government cash assistance of Rs 1,000 to nine students who did their ‘Plus-2’ at government schools in the district, the collector added that he had personally spoken to the Ernakulam district collector, who was said to have assured all necessary arrangements for the students taking the NEET exam on Sunday.
The students were given a mobile number - 906151888 for any help at Ernakulam on the exam day (May 6).
State Express Transport Corporation operated eight special services to Ernakulam on Saturday and the Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation operated two services from the new bus stand.
In view of students from the southern district students going to Kerala to appear for NEET exam, Southern Railway, on a demand placed by the Union minister of state for Finance and Shipping,
Pon Radhakrishnan, advanced the timing of Yernadu Express to 2
am on Sunday so that the train would reach Ernakulam by 5 am on the exam day.