Pandemic at its peak, don't hold NEET, JEE exams: Chhattisgarh CM

Pandemic at its peak, don't hold NEET, JEE exams: Chhattisgarh CM The CM said that Chhattisgarh Government strongly opposes Centre's decision to conduct JEE Main and NEET 2020 (Source: Twitter/Arun Mishra)
Press Trust of India | Aug 29, 2020 - 9:27 a.m. IST
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RAIPUR: Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel on Friday strongly opposed the Centre's decision to hold NEET and JEE entrance exams amid the COVID-19 pandemic. He said it was not appropriate to conduct examinations when the pandemic is at its peak in the country.

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Various opposition parties, including the Congress, have demanded that the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) and the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) be deferred due to the COVID-19 pandemic and floods in parts of the country, even as the Union government has made it clear that they will be held as per schedule with due precautions.

"This a difficult phase for the entire country. While the country has been fighting the coronavirus crisis, the Central government is adamant on conducting NEET and JEE exams," Baghel said in a video message posted on Twitter.

"The examination, which was to be held in May was deferred (due to the pandemic). Now, when the corona crisis is at its peak, it is not appropriate to conduct the examination.

"We are trying everything possible to ensure that the exams are not held during this period and postponed. We strongly oppose the Centre's move," he added.

Notably, Chhattisgarhs Food Minister Amarjeet Bhagat is among ministers of six non-BJP ruled states, which moved the Supreme Court on Friday seeking review of its order permitting the Centre to conduct NEET and JEE entrance exams this year amid the persisting COVID-19 pandemic.

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