New Delhi: Six ministers of opposition dominated states — West Bengal, Punjab, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand — have collectively filed a evaluate petition within the Supreme Court docket difficult its August 17 order declining to entertain pleas searching for postponement of NEET-JEE exams slated in September within the backdrop of Covid-19 pandemic.
The petition has been filed via advocate Sunil Fernandes and it contends the highest courtroom’s order to “secure the safety, security and right to life of the students — candidates appearing for the NEET/JEE exams.”
The petition argues that the highest courtroom has ignored the teething logistical difficulties in conducting the examinations on the proposed dates.
“Failed to balance the competing but equally important aspects of conducting the examination and securing safety of the student. Fails to ensure that mandatory safeguards are put in place during the conducting of the examinations,” mentioned the petition difficult the August 17 order.
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“The advice of ‘Life Must Go On’ may have sounded very philosophical underpinnings but cannot be a substitute for valid legal reasoning and logical analysis of the various aspects involved in the conduct of the NEET (UG) and JEE exams,” argued the petitioners.
The petitioners mentioned the apex courtroom failed to understand that the Centre had ample time to ascertain at the least one centre for each district for NEET (UG) and JEE (Mains) moderately than having a number of centres in a single district.
“Having at least one centre per district would have minimised the inter-district long travel of the students and thereby reduced the chances of Covid-19 spread,” argued the petitioners.
The petitioners contended that if the August 17 order shouldn’t be reviewed then grave and irreparable hurt and harm would befall on the coed group of the nation and it’ll affect well being, welfare and security of the scholars/candidates showing for the NEET/JEE examinations.
“Almost about the second cause of dropping a yr, it’s most respectfully submitted that this might be tantamount to placing the cart earlier than the horse, because the submissions hereinabove have revealed.
“The Evaluate Petitioners too don’t want for the scholars to lose an instructional yr, however want to steadiness their well being, security and safety and that of their household with not dropping the present educational yr,” mentioned the petition.
The Petitioner primary is Moloy Ghatak — Minister-in-Cost, Division of Labour & E.S.I. (MB) Scheme and Departments of Regulation & Judicial, Authorities of West Bengal.
Petitioner quantity two is Dr. Rameshwar Oraon — Cupboard Minister of Finance, Authorities of Jharkhand.
Petitioner quantity three is Dr. Raghu Sharma — Cupboard Minister of Well being and Household Welfare, Authorities of Rajasthan.
Petitioner quantity 4 is Amarjeet Bhagat — Minister of Meals, Civil provides, Tradition, Planning, Economics & Statistics, Authorities of Chhattisgarh.
Petitioner quantity 5 is Balbir Singh Sidhu — Cupboard Minister Well being and Household Welfare & Labour, Authorities of Punjab.
Petitioner quantity six is Uday Ravindra Samant — Minister of Increased and Technical Training, Authorities of Maharashtra.
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