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Re-evaluate UPSC, NEET, JEE exam patterns: Odisha CM

NITI Aayog should look into this very serious issue or else in a few years', there will be serious distortions, he said

Saturday February 20, 2021 4:09 PM, ummid.com with inputs from IANS

Naveen Patnaik on Key Exam Pattern

Bhubaneswar: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Saturday said it's high time for the authorities to re-evaluate the UPSC, NEET and JEE examination patterns with more focus on merit and equal opportunity and free them from the clutches of expensive coaching classes.

"Shouldn't we have exams that focus on equality and attracting merit as opposed to exam patterns that are heavily dependent on highly paid coaching classes?" Patnaik asked while addressing the NITI Aayog's sixth Governing Council meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday.

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"This (the present system) will truly eliminate merit in the long run and deny justice to lakhs of our children who live in rural areas and don't have physical or economic access to coaching classes," said Patnaik.

"NITI Aayog should look into this very serious issue or else in a few years', there will be serious distortions," he added.

"Allow the elected government to function"

Patnaik also said that the country should get out of what he called "the election mode" and allow the elected government to function.

"Every crime is being politicised, every action of an elected government is being seen from a political angle. This kind of atmosphere is one of the biggest threats to the pace of development and peace in the country. Its high time the country gets out of this election mode and allows elected governments to function," said the Chief Minister.

He said elections are an essential feature of a democracy.

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"However, the hallmark of a mature democracy is that once elected, Governments are meant to work for people, beyond party line. Its high time that we as a country have serious introspection on whether we are able to do the same," Patnaik asked.

Patnaik demands women's reservation

The Chief Minister also called upon a serious deliberation on the past promises of national parties on women's reservation both in Lok Sabha and state assemblies.

"History will not forgive us if we renege on this commitment. This calls for a serious deliberation and taking it forward," he added.

Notably, his party Biju Janata Dal (BJD) has been demanding passage of the women reservation bill in the Parliament.

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"If the country has to really move forward, regions which are neglected and populations that are vulnerable have to be taken along. Committed and targeted action is needed for that. NITI Aayog has a major role to play in this. Specific sections that need focus like malnutrition, connectivity, sex ratio imbalances etc," advised the Chief Minister.

He said NITI Aayog should develop into a repository of innovations drawn from the country and across the world and help replicate it.

Citing how India set an example with its unified response against the Covid-19 pandemic, Patnaik said that the same unified response and inclusive approach should be adopted for all major challenges facing the country in the true spirit of cooperative federalism.

"History will remember us on what our response has been on critical issues affecting our people and the country, raising above political considerations," said the Chief Minister.


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