Congress Protest Against Conducting NEET-JEE Exams

Upping the ante against the government over the postponement of NEET and JEE examinations scheduled in September, the Congress on Friday attacked the Centre, saying it has actually painted itself into a corner and is now trying to get out of it by kneejerk, ego-centred reactions…reports India Daily News

Addressing a virtual press conference along with Trinamool Congress leader Derek O’Brien, Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren, and Maharashtra Education Minister Uday Samant, Congress leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi said, “This government is one of inefficiency, apathy and contradictions. Maharashtra, West Bengal, Punjab, Jharkhand, Puducherry, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh have come together on major public interest issues and federal issues and that of students.”

Singhvi said that the logistics themselves show what a mockery the government is making of coronavirus safeguards. “The number of students is around 25 lakh. What kind of social distancing are you talking about?” he questioned. Attacking the government, he said, “This government has actually painted itself into a corner and is now trying to get out of it by kneejerk, ego-centred reactions.” He said these exams were scheduled in April, and the government kept postponing.

“You slept and did not create alternatives, now you are stuck,” he said. Pointing out the issue of transportation during the pandemic, he said the process of mobility is an issue. “Distance to exam centres runs into hundreds of kilometres. They have not provided one centre per district which is minimum. There is no infrastructure, one temperature gun is hardly a safeguard,” he said.

Citing the example of Bihar, Singhvi said, out of the 38 districts, centres for NEET have been provided in only two districts while seven districts in case of JEE exams. “Such large movements are a recipe for disaster when health, life and security are concerned. We have tried to give a responsible roadmap. Even if you postpone exams to October-November, get results in six-eight weeks, you can comfortably start in January and complete the academic year,” the Congress leader said.

Patna: Congress activists stage a demonstration demanding the postponement of National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) and Joint Entrance Exam (JEE) in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, in Patna on Aug 28, 2020. (Photo: IANS)

Singhvi also said that a reconsideration petition that has been filed is in four parts — safety and health, rational, balanced ways in which you can provide both objectives of health and education and policy rules based on which you will be able to do this.

“The short order that dismissed an earlier review petition has given no reasons. CLAT exams with lesser students, have been postponed from September 7 to 28. We hope that this convergence of views by important states of India will lead to a public interest result,” Singhvi added.

Earlier in the day, Congress workers across the country staged protests demanding postponement of NEET and JEE exams.

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