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Doctors appeal to delay NEET exam

Kolkata: Two city-based doctors and three medical aspirants on Friday have written to the Union Human Resources Development Minister Prakash Javadekar urging him to defer the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) scheduled to take place on May 5 citing various reasons.

The doctors have pointed out that the severe cyclone predicted to hit the state late Friday night may have an impact on the people in the costal districts as a result of which the medical aspirants taking the examination will face difficulties in reaching their examination centres.

In the rural areas, the candidates have to travel a long way to reach the examination centres.

The letter written by Dr Amiya Kumar Maity and Dr Priyanka Maity along with some medical aspirants drew the attention of the minister.

They said that it takes around one or two days for the various exam related officials to put in place adequate arrangements for the nationwide examination.

But the cyclonic situation will engage the administrative and other officials in the rescue operation. As a result they will not get enough time to make adequate arrangement for the exam.

"The cyclone 'Fani' that has already hit costal belt of East India created destruction. There is no power in various areas across the coastal states and the lack of availability of basic needs for the candidates. The trains, buses have been restricted and stopped for the cyclone in Bengal and various other states. The guardians are extremely anxious how the students will turn up at the exam centres," says the letter.

The letter also pointed out that the fifth phase of Lok Sabha elections will be conducted on May 6 a day after the NEET scheduled date.

Many buses will be withdrawn for transporting the poll personnel. This may serious affect the examination procedure.

Dr Amiya Kumar Maity said: "the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test is a nationwide examination.

Various states including Andhra Pradesh and Odisha have been seriously hit by the severe cyclone.

The candidates may be in jeopardy if the examination is conducted on May 5 as it was scheduled. We urged the Union HRD minister to take up the issue."

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