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Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik Urges PM Modi Requesting Him To Postpone NEET, JEE Exams

Mumbai: In a view of COVID19 pandemic and flood in the state, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Thursday in a telephonic conversation with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, requested him to postpone the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (Graduate) 2020 [NEET] and Joint Entrance Examination Main [JEE] Examination. 

“Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik spoke to Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi over the telephone this morning and requested him for postponement of NEET and JEE in view of COVID situation and also as many parts of our state are in the grip of the flood. So a student may face difficulties in appearing in the exam,” a statement from Odisha CMO read.

He also informed the Union Minister of Education that the transportation in Odisha has been disrupted due to the lockdown implemented by several district administrations in an attempt to stop the spread of COVID-19.

Heavy rains in many parts of Odisha led to flood-like situations. Apart from this, the water level of the Baratni river has also increased due to continuous rains.

In Bhadrak, people were seen flooding the flooded areas.

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The situation is such that the villagers of Hasnabad were seen using rubber tubes to move from one place to another.

According to the Union Health Ministry, there are currently 24,348 active cases of COVID-19 in Odisha. Also, a total of 62813 have been cured and 441 have died after contracting the infection.

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Meanwhile,  National Testing Agency (NTA) is scheduled to conduct JEE (Main) on 1-6 September and NEET on 13 September.

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Earlier on Tuesday, Odisha Chief Minister urged Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal to postpone NEET 2020 and JEE Main 2020 due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 epidemic.

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