There is no evidence of question paper leak in NEET-UG, opposition is spreading lies without knowing the facts: Pradhan

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New Delhi. Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan on Thursday dismissed the allegations of question paper leak in the ‘National Eligibility cum Entrance Test-Graduate’ (NEET-UG) and said that there is no evidence to confirm these claims. He also alleged that the opposition is spreading lies without knowing the facts. The National Examination Agency (NTA) declared the results of NEET-UG on June 4.

Pradhan said, “So far no concrete evidence has been found of any kind of irregularities, corruption or leakage of question paper in the NEET exam. All the facts related to this are before the Supreme Court and are under consideration. The kind of politics being done on this issue is only an attempt to spread confusion and this affects the mental peace of the students.”

He said, “The counseling process of NEET is about to start and making it a subject of political controversy is not only inappropriate but also tantamount to playing with the future generation. The focus of the central government is always on ensuring a bright future for the students.” His statement came on a day when the NTA told the Supreme Court that the decision to give grace marks to 1,563 candidates of NEET-UG (2024) has been revoked and they will get the option to re-appear for the exam on June 23.

Regarding the alleged rigging in NEET-UG, the Congress said that it wants a CBI inquiry in this matter, but if the government is not ready for this, then the investigation should be done under the supervision of the Supreme Court. The Congress also demanded that the Director General of NTA be removed from his post.

Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge posted on the social media platform ‘X’, “There was not only a problem of grace marks in the NEET exam. There has been rigging, papers have been leaked, corruption has taken place. The future of 24 lakh students who appeared in the NEET exam is at stake due to the actions of the Modi government.” Reacting to these allegations, Pradhan said on ‘X’, “The opposition is issueless, on such a sensitive issue, the opposition is just spreading lies without knowing the facts. Congress is playing with the future of the country for its petty politics.”

He said, “I want to remind Congress that to prevent leakage of question papers and to conduct a cheating-free examination, the Central Government has passed the Public Examination Act this year which has many stringent provisions. Congress should not be under the misconception that if any irregularity is found, no action will be taken. The provisions of this law will be implemented very carefully.” NTA is under criticism for the allegations of irregularities and increase in marks in the medical entrance examination.

The Education Ministry had last week constituted a four-member committee to review the grace marks given to 1,563 students.
Pradhan said that the committee was headed by former UPSC (Union Public Service Commission) chairman Pradeep Kumar Joshi and included the secretary of the National Medical Commission (NMC) among others. He said that the committee reviewed each complaint and after that the committee made its recommendations. The Supreme Court had said on Tuesday that the sanctity of NEET-UG, 2024 has been affected. However, the NTA denied this allegation.

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