Petition challenging Ordinance filed in Supreme Court
Whistle blower Anand Rai and medical student Sanjeev Saxena filed a petition challenging National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) Ordinance in the Supreme Court on Thursday. President Pranab Mukherjee signed the Ordinance on medical entrance test on Tuesday. As per the Ordinance, states can conduct their own exams and students of state board will not have to appear for NEET.
However, a petitioner’s lawyer on Tuesday said that the Ordinance will be challenged in Supreme Court as it is against the law and constitution. He said that such an Ordinance has never been issued. The lawyer said, “Will challenge this NEET ordinance in the Supreme Court, this Ordinance is against the law and constitution. This kind of ordinance has never been issued, we will challenge this.”
Union Health Minister J P Nadda on Monday met the President and explained the the issue in detail after which the Ordinance was signed. Following which he said that the Ordinance has given statutory status to the medical entrance test. However, states include Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Gujarat, Maharashtra and Punjab has been exempted.
Nadda slammed the media for claiming that NEET has been deferred and made it clear that the examination would be implemented from 2016 itself. Nadda was quoted saying, “I want to make it very clear that all private institutions and medical colleges will come under ambit of NEET. State governments will get an opportunity to appear this year (2016-17) for under-graduate examinations separately. But this year December, the post-graduation examination will be held under NEET provisions.”