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Congress to hold nationwide protests on Friday against holding of NEET, JEE

In a statement AICC general secretary KC Venugopal said the move is in line with concerted opposition to this "dictatorial move" of the government.

Published: 26th August 2020 10:33 PM  |   Last Updated: 26th August 2020 10:33 PM   |  A+A-

Indian Youth Congress workers stage a protest outside the HRD Ministry for organising JEE-NEET Examination amid COVID-19 pandemic in New Delhi. (Photo | PTI)

Indian Youth Congress workers stage a protest outside the HRD Ministry for organising JEE-NEET Examination amid COVID-19 pandemic in New Delhi. (Photo | PTI)

By PTI

NEW DELHI: The Congress on Wednesday announced that it will hold countrywide protests on August 28 to oppose the government's decision to hold NEET, JEE exams during the pandemic.

In a statement AICC general secretary KC Venugopal said the move is in line with concerted opposition to this "dictatorial move" of the government.

State units of the Congress will be holding protests on Friday at 11 am in front of central government offices at state and district headquarters, he said.

In a statement, Venugopal said lakhs of students and parents from across the country are rightfully agitating and demanding postponement of the JEE-NEET exams, scheduled to be held in September.

He said the government's decision to hold these exams during the COVID-19 crisis has created huge concern among the students and parents.

"Apart from the very obvious vulnerability to and risk of infection, the decision to hold the exams will undoubtedly make it increasingly difficult for students to appear for the exams due to the availability of limited transport and lodging during the pandemic.

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"While holding exams during COVID-19 crisis has put the students in a state of extreme mental stress, the grim flood situation in states like Assam and Bihar will further put students from those states at a severe disadvantage," he said.

Venugopal said all these protest gatherings will take place following strict social distancing protocols issued by the respective health and civic authorities.

  He said the party has also decided to organise a massive nationwide online campaign, #SpeakUpForStudentSaftey on the same day from 10 am onwards, through videos and posts protesting this decision, on any of the social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Youtube.

Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said health and safety of 25 lakh students are being jeopardised in the ensuing JEE, NEET exams as students are protesting across the country.

He also wondered why the government was "refusing to listen to their grievances, deliberate upon them and find a solution acceptable to all".

Posing a set of questions, Surjewala asked who will "oversee that the guidelines and protocols do not remain an empty paper formality".

He further asked what special arrangements have been made for students of flood affected Bihar and Assam.

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There has been growing chorus for postponement of the NEET-JEE exams.


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