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Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee urges PM Modi to abolish NEET and restore system of conducting exam by states

NEET-UG paper leak row: The NEET-UG results have ignited controversy due to allegations of irregularities, including grace marks, errors, and paper leaks. This uproar has led to a re-test for 1,563 students and the CBI taking over the investigation into these irregularities.

Edited By: Arushi Jaiswal @JaiswalArushi Kolkata Published on: June 24, 2024 18:32 IST
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Image Source : FILE PHOTO West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee

NEET-UG paper leak row: In the wake of the paper leak row, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday, urging him to consider abolishing the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) exam and take immediate steps to revert to the previous system where state governments conducted their own medical entrance tests.

In a letter to PM Modi, the Chief Minister also called for strong action against those involved in the alleged irregularities in the NEET-UG exam. “I strongly urge upon you to consider and take immediate steps to restore the previous system of conducting this examination by the state governments and abolish the NEET examination.

“This will help restore normalcy and confidence of the aspirant students in the system,” she said.

What is NEET-UG controversy?

The NEET-UG 2024 exam was conducted on May 5 and its results were declared on June 4, ahead of its scheduled announcement date of June 14. Protests were held alleging irregularities and paper leaks as the results showed that as many as 67 students had topped the exam with a perfect score of 720. Petitions have been filed in courts by students seeking a re-test. The Supreme Court has allowed are-test of over 1,500 students who were awarded "grace marks.

On June 13, the NTA informed the Supreme Court that the scorecards of 1563 candidates who were awarded "grace marks" in the NEET-UG 2024 exam would be cancelled and these candidates would have an option to reappear for the exam on June 23, the results of which will be declared before June 30, or forgo the compensatory marks given for the loss of time.

CBI started investigation

On the complaint of the Ministry of Education, the CBI has registered an FIR under IPC sections 420 (cheating), 406 (breach of trust) and 120B (criminal conspiracy) in the NEET exam paper leak case. CBI has registered this new case. CBI will also ask for the investigation report of their case from Bihar Police. So that the whole matter can be understood on the basis of their investigation so far. One team of CBI has reached Patna and one team has reached Godra in Gujarat and will soon meet the IO investigating officer of the case and take the details of the case.

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