JEE row: Coordinate with other states, Capt tells Advocate General - ECAS Punjab

JEE row: Coordinate with other states, Capt tells Advocate General

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Tribune News Service
Chandigarh, August 26

With just days to go for the NEET/JEE, Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh today directed Advocate General Atul Nanda to coordinate with his counterparts in other Opposition-ruled states for filing a collective review petition in the Supreme Court seeking deferment of the examinations.

The directive followed a video-conference convened by Congress president Sonia Gandhi with the chief ministers of seven Opposition-ruled states to discuss this issue. Other issues of common concern were also discussed, including delay in the release of GST compensation and farm ordinances, as well as the new education policy, which Capt Amarinder said was thrust upon the states without consultation.

There was no time to seek the intervention of the Prime Minister, said Capt Amarinder in response to a suggestion to this effect. "Let us all get together to move the Supreme Court for the postponement of the exams, which will put the lives of lakhs of students at risk," he said. Pointing out that world over, exams were being held online, he suggested that the JEE/NEET and other professional exams like medical and law entrance could also be held online.

Saying that as of today, 23 state ministers/MLAs were Covid-positive, the Chief Minister said if this was the state of legislators and ministers, one could image how grave the situation was. The scenario was not conducive to holding physical examinations, he said.

He also suggested that a delegation of all Opposition-ruled chief ministers should meet the Prime Minister to press for release of GST compensation and financial assistance to fight Covid. He said the Centre's failure to release GST compensation to the tune of nearly Rs 7,000 crore had put Punjab in a difficult situation amid a surge in Covid cases.

He also raised the issue of the Centre's decision to suspend the post-matric scholarship scheme for SC students, whose number in the state is a whopping 3.17 lakh. The Centre had no business cutting down on these scholarships for poor SC students, he said.

from The Tribune

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