Ministers of 6 opposition-ruled states move SC, seek review of

Ministers of six opposition-ruled states moved the Supreme Court on Friday looking for review of its order allowing the Centre to conduct NEET and JEE entrance exams this yr amid the persisting COVID-19 pandemic.

The review plea has been filed by ministers from West Bengal (Moloy Ghatak), Jharkhand (Rameshwar Oraon), Rajasthan (Raghu Sharma), Chhattisgarh (Amarjeet Bhagat), Punjab (B S Sidhu) and Maharashtra (Uday Ravindra Sawant).

The plea, filed via advocate Sunil Fernandes, mentioned the apex courtroom order fails to fulfill security and safety issues of college students showing for the exams.

On Aug 17, the highest courtroom had refused to intrude with the conduct of medical and engineering entrance exams — NEET and JEE — scheduled to happen in September saying that life should go on and college students cannot lose a valuable yr as a result of pandemic.

The apex courtroom had dismissed a plea by one Sayantan Biswas and others looking for course to National Testing Agency (NTA), which conducts each the NEET and JEE exams, to postpone them after Solicitor General Tushar Mehta assured that every one safeguards could be taken.

Terming the choice to conduct the exams as irrational, the plea mentioned the highest courtroom failed to understand that the Union Government had sufficient time to determine no less than one centre for each district for NEET (UG) and JEE (Mains) somewhat than having a number of centres in a single district.

The mere proven fact that lakhs of college students have registered for the examination isn’t indicative of their consent or their willingness or their need to attend bodily exams, the plea mentioned.

The August 17 order is “cryptic, non-speaking” and doesn’t talk about the assorted facets and complexities concerned in a matter of this magnitude and complicated nature, it mentioned.

The plea additional mentioned that solely two causes given by the courtroom — life should go on and college students mustn’t lose a tutorial yr — don’t represent an authoritative and complete judicial scrutiny of the difficulty.

It mentioned that apex courtroom’s statement that “Life Must Go On” might have very sound philosophical underpinnings however can’t be an alternative choice to legitimate authorized reasoning and logical evaluation of the assorted facets concerned within the conduct of the NEET UG and JEE exams.

“It is submitted that if the impugned order dated August 17, 2020 isn’t reviewed then grave and irreparable hurt and damage would befall on the scholar group of our nation and never solely will the well being, welfare and security of the scholars/candidates showing for the NEET/JEE examinations would stand imperilled but in addition the general public well being at giant could be in extreme jeopardy in these COVID-19 pandemic instances,” the plea mentioned.

The petition mentioned that as per the NTA press launch, roughly 9.53 lakhs and 15.97 lakhs college students have been registered for JEE (Main) and NEET (UG) 2020 respectively. 

The plea mentioned that JEE Mains is slated to be carried out over 660 examination centres, roughly 1,443 college students per centre. Similarly for NEET UG, 15.97 lakhs college students will seem in 3,843 centres throughout the nation, practically 415 college students per examination centre.

“Such giant motion of folks will ipso facto show to be a severe well being hazard and can completely defeat the dual present-day options we’ve got of combating the COVID-19 pandemic i.e. social distancing and avoidance of giant public gatherings. 

“On this brief floor alone, the Impugned Order deserves to be recalled and the examinations should be postponed,” the plea mentioned.

The plea mentioned that the review petitioners don’t want to make any worth Judgment or Political criticism of the Union Government in such instances however the undisputed info are that there was an exponential improve in each the COVID-19 constructive circumstances in addition to the deaths/mortality arising out of COVID-19 from April 2020.

“It is somewhat ironical that on the preliminary stage when there have been a lot lesser quantity of COVID-19 constructive circumstances, the examinations have been postponed and now when the each day unfold of the virus is at its peak the examinations are directed to be carried out forthwith,” the plea mentioned.

This story has been revealed from a wire company feed with out modifications to the textual content.


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