6 opposition-ruled states move Supreme Court over NEET-JEE exams
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NEW DELHI: Six cabinet opposition ministers, together with West Bengal, Punjab, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand, filed an application with the Supreme Court against the holding of the National Admission Test (NEET-UG) because of Covid-19 pandemic.

Ministers of opposition-ruled states requested a review of the SC’s August 17 order refusing to cancel the NEET-UG exams, which said “life must go on”.

Ministers of State informed the SC in their petition for review that NEET must be canceled in order to ensure the safety and right to life of students wishing to appear for NEET / JEE exams.

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The six ministers of state told the oversight committee that it was impossible to hold NEET / JEE to provide tremendous logistics for lakhs of students taking the exams, including transportation and housing during a pandemic.

The petitioners for review are WB Justice Minister Maloy Ghatak, Jharkhand Finance Minister Rameshwar Oraon, Rajasthan Health Minister Dr. Raghu Sharma, Chhattisgarh Food Minister Amarjeet Bhagat and Punjab Health Minister
Balbir Singh Sidhu and Maharashtra Education Minister Uday R Samant.

On August 17, the Supreme Court refused to intervene in the medical and technical entrance exams – NEET and JEE – scheduled for September. Life has to go on and the students may because of the pandemic.

The Apex Court had dismissed a plea by Sayantan Biswas requesting an order for the National Testing Agency (NTA), which conducts both the NEET and JEE tests, to be postponed, saying that the plea ” absolutely “unfounded.

(With contributions from agencies)

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