Sonia-Mamata to hold meeting with CMs on NEET, JEE exams issue

Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will convene a meeting of opposition with Chief Ministers of Congress-ruled states and their counterparts of Maharashtra and Jharkhand on Wednesday to discuss the issue of holding NEET and JEE Main examination next month amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Earlier on Tuesday, Banerjee requested Prime Minister Narendra Modi that the Centre should appeal against the Supreme Court order for holding the JEE and NEET examinations during the COVID-19 outbreak to ensure the aspirants are free from “mental agony”.

The agenda of the meeting also includes the subject of compensation to states who have reported a loss of revenue because of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) in the time of the pandemic.

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Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and Banerjee wrote to Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal on Tuesday, seeking a postponement. However, Pokhriyal reiterated the government’s stand to hold JEE (Main) and NEET next month as per schedule. Many ministers have been opposing the Centre’s decision to conduct the exams.

Meanwhile, the National Testing Agency (NTA) announced that the JEE (Main) will be held from September 1 to 6 and NEET (UG) on September 13 after the Supreme Court dismissed a petition seeking the postponement of the NEET and JEE.

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