Irregularities in NTA will not be tolerated, if flaws are found then accountability will be fixed: Dharmendra Pradhan

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New Delhi. Amid the ongoing controversy over the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) for admission to medical courses, Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan on Friday said the government will not tolerate any kind of malpractice or irregularity in the conduct of the exam and if any irregularity is found, the National Examination Agency (NTA) will be held accountable.

Regarding action against the six centres where question papers were distributed incorrectly and candidates were given grace marks for wasting time, Pradhan said, “Every aspect is being looked into. Accountability will be fixed and action will be taken based on the nature of the lapse.” In response to a question from ‘PTI-Bhasha’, he said, “There is no scope for any kind of malpractice or irregularity in the conduct of any examination. We will not tolerate it. If any irregularity is found, the accountability of the National Examination Agency (NTA) will also be fixed.” The minister’s remarks came at a time when the Congress has intensified its attack on the government on the issue of NEET-UG examination and questioned Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “silence” on the matter.

The opposition party asserted that only a Supreme Court-monitored forensic probe can protect the future of lakhs of students. Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge claimed that the Modi government has started “covering up the NEET scam” through the Union education minister and the NTA.

He said, “They have just lost the elections and are now looking for a new issue. We have facts and it is not right to mislead students and the public on the basis of lies.” The Union Education Minister said, “There was no reduction in the NEET syllabus in previous years. This year we have also linked the questions with the state board syllabus. The reduced syllabus and higher number of candidates also increased the competition and ultimately the number of those getting the highest percentile increased.”

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