Supreme Court dismisses plea of Punjab And 5 Other states to review order, allowing JEE Neet exams during Coronavirus pandemic

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Supreme Court: On Friday, Supreme Court dismissed the review petition filed by Punjab and other five non-BJP led state governments against the order given on August 17. On August 17, the supreme court has given green light to conduct the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) and Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) in September.


Cabinet minister of six states filed a postponement review petition in the Supreme Court. The states which filed the petitions are West Bengal, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Maharashtra, Punjab, and Rajasthan.


On August 17, a bench head by justice Arun Mishra had dismissed all the petitions seeking for the postponement of the JEE and Neet Exams scheduled to be held in September.

NTA released Notification regarding Exams

Persuing the order given by the Highest court on August 17, The National Testing Agency (NTA) notified earlier this week that the said examination of Neet and JEE to be held on September 13 and September 16 respectively.

What petition stated about the examination?

The plea filed against the order by the six States government stated that the supreme court’s judgment and NTA decision of conducting JEE and Neet examination during the Coronavirus pandemic is flawed.

The review petition further stated the problems in conducting the exams which include:

  • NTA has ignored the logical difficulties in conducting the exams on the proposed dates
  • It also failed to balance the competing but equally important aspect of conducting an examination and the safety of the students.
  • The petition also raised the issue of lack of mandatory safeguards guidelines while carrying the examination

Coronavirus cases have crossed the mark of 3.31 million COVID-19 cases.



Ministers who filed the petitions

The review petition has been filed by six cabinet ministers in their individual capacities.

The minister which filed the petitions includes:

  • Moloy Ghatak, Minister-in-Charge, Department of Labour & E.S.I. (MB) Scheme and Departments of Law & Judicial, West Bengal
  • Dr. Rameshwar Oraon, Finance Minister, Jharkhand
  • Dr. Raghu Sharma, Minister of Health and Family Welfare, Rajasthan
  • Amarjeet Bhagat, Indian Minister of Food, Civil supplies, Culture, Planning, Chhattisgarh
  • Balbir Singh Sidhu, Minister of Health and Family Welfare & Labour, Punjab
  • Uday Ravindra Samant, Minister of Higher and Technical Education, Maharashtra.

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