New Delhi: Six state cabinet ministers have filed a petition in Supreme Court seeking review on its order to go ahead with National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) and Joint Entrance Exam (JEE) in September in the midst of the Covid 19 Pandemic. Minsters of non BJP ruled states- West Bengal, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand and Punjab -are urged to reconsider the apex court’s oder of August 17.
The apex court had rejected the plea for postponement of the Entrance exams to engineering and medical colleges. In its order the top court said that a ‘precious’ academic year ‘cannot be wasted’ and “life has to go on”.
Despite of the court order Students all over country are voicing out their anger over holding the exams citing concerns like lack of transportation and flood situation in their states.
National Testing Agency (NTA) has given a directive to conduct JEE from September 1 to 6, and NEET on September 13 as the exams were deferred twice earlier due to the pandemic.
The review plea has been filed by West Bengal Minister Moloy Ghatak, Jharkhand Minister Dr. Rameshwar Oraon, Rajasthan minister Dr. Raghu Sharma, Chhattisgarh Minister Amarjeet Bhagat, Punjab Minister Balbir Singh Sidhu, and Maharashtra Minister Uday Ravindra Samant.