Mumbai: Following NEET-JEE Main 2020 exams which are set to take place in September, Ministers of six opposition-ruled states have moved the Supreme Court to review their August 17 order, which allowed the central government to conduct the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) and Joint Entrance Test (JEE) in September 2020.
The ministers of West Bengal, Jharkhand, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Punjab, and Maharashtra have filed the petition through advocate Sunil Fernandes.
While the main petitioner is West Bengal Labor Minister Moloy Ghatak, other petitioners include Jharkhand Finance Minister Dr. Rameshwar Oraon, Rajasthan Health Minister, Dr. Raghu Sharma, Chhattisgarh Planning Minister Amarjit Bhagat, Punjab Health Minister Balbir Singh Sidhu and Maharashtra’s Higher and Technical Education Minister Uday Ravindra Samant.
Meanwhile, several political leaders and parties had protested against the ongoing COVID-19 epidemic in protest against conducting NEET and JEE examinations and approached the Supreme Court against their decision. In particular, several protests were held against conducting the examination.
Eleven students from eleven states had filed a petition, stating that the decision to conduct the JEE and NEET UG-2020 examinations across India in September was arbitrary, violating the fundamental right to life of millions of affected students and violence.
The Supreme Court on 17 August rejected a petition seeking the postponement of the NEET and JEE examinations, to be held in September 2020, stating that the students’ careers could not be endangered for long.
The National Testing Agency claimed during the hearing that all security measures would be taken while giving the examination.