Jharkhand chief minister Hemant Soren.

NEET, JEE network 2020: Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren wrote “Nishank” to the Union’s Minister of Education, Ramesh Pokhrial, on Thursday, urging him to postpone JEE and NEET.

Soren said that since there is no way to detect and prevent a COVID positive candidate from taking the exam, it would put the rest of those present at a venue at risk of infection.

“… Conducting investigations of this magnitude would require public transportation and hospitality units such as hotels, lodges and restaurants to function smoothly and optimally due to the movement of large numbers of examinees and their guardians,” he said.

However, the state government did not allow the resumption of public services by public buses, nor the opening of hotels and restaurants after the COVID-19 outbreak, he added.

“Therefore, the examinees and their guardians are likely to face serious logistical problems,” said the Prime Minister.

Soren said there would be some examinees living in security zones and it will be difficult for them to leave the area.

“In light of the above, I sincerely ask you to postpone these two public interest exams,” he said in the letter.

The letter came a day after seven prime ministers of non-BJP-ruled states, including Soren, agreed to the need to file a review motion, and called on the Supreme Court to reconsider its recent order to refuse to postpone the competitive exams.

The government has defended its move to continue the trials despite mounting pressure to postpone them. More than two-thirds of candidates have downloaded the admission cards indicating that the students want to take these exams at all costs.

Congress and various opposition parties have called for the NEET and JEE to be postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic and floods in parts of the country.

While the JEE-Main is planned for September 1-6, NEET will take place on September 13th.


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