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DSGMC objects to advance calling of candidates wearing religious symbols for NEET test

New Delhi, April 25, 2019 (Yes Punjab News)

The (DSGMC) has taken strong notice of the rules framed by the National Testing Agency (NTA) for the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) for MBBS in which candidates wearing religious symbols have been told to report one and half hour in advance than the others and termed the order as clear discrimination with the minorities in violation of the Constitutional provisions.

In a statement issued here today, the DSGMC President Mr. Manjinder Singh Sirsa said that it is shocking to know that the NTA has framed such guidelines which are not only violation of the Constitutional provisions but they are totally unwarranted, unjustified and highly discriminately in nature. He said that time and again issue of discrimination with the Minorities emerges as soon as the dates and rules are declared for such examinations.

He said that Constitution guarantees equality to all the citizens of the country and it also guarantees the people freedom of religion and bans discrimination on basis of religion, caste, colour creed etc. He said that it surprising that these agencies who have responsibility on their shoulders to work under the framework of Constitution every time fail to ensure its provisions.

He questioned that if the Government agencies fail in their duty of upholding the Constitutional provisions, how we can expect the private Institutions to respect the Constitutional provisions ? He said it is clear that the person who is responsible for this lapse has failed to work as per Constitutional provisions and also failed to ensure right to equality for all.

Mr. Sirsa said that wearing of Five Kakkars by the Sikhs is mandatory as told by the Sikh Guru Sahiban and all the Sikhs wear them abiding by the orders of the Guru Sahiban. He said that it is not possible for Sikhs to leave their religious symbols aside for any test of the world.

Mr. Sirsa said that by calling candidates who wear religious symbols in advance for over one and a half hour, the NTA has made its intentions suspicious. He said that it appears that they wanted to carry out a search on these religious symbols and if it is the case, the DSGMC and other Sikh bodies will not let this happen.

Meanwhile Mr Sirsa and Mr. Harmeet Singh Kalka General Secretary the DSGMC urged Mr. Prakash Javdekar Human Resources Development Minister to intervene in the matter sooner than later and ensure that discriminately guidelines are withdrawn by the NTA.

They said that if the NTA fails to withdraw controversial guidelines then the Sikh Representative bodies will be forced to take action. They said that any agency like NTA is not above the Constitution and freedom given by it has to be maintained at all costs keeping view the sentiments of the Sikhs and other minorities.

It is worth mentioning here that the NTA is conducting this NEET on May 5th, 2019 in which 15.20 lakh students will appear for test for 63250 seats of 500 Medical colleges of the country.

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