ITANAGAR, Jun 21: The Arunachal Pradesh Youth Congress has called for an immediate investigation into the alleged irregularities in the NEET-UG examination conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA). The call comes amid growing concerns over question paper leaks and other malpractices associated with the exam, which was marred by inflated marks and technical glitches.

The NEET-UG results, released on June 4, have come under scrutiny due to allegations of widespread irregularities, including question paper leaks and the awarding of grace marks without transparency. Reports of malpractices and unfair means have surfaced from several test centres, with arrests made in BJP-ruled states such as Bihar, Gujarat, and Haryana.

In response to these concerns, the Union education ministry had earlier ordered the cancellation of the UGC-NET exam on June 19 to maintain its integrity. This follows the recent enactment of the Public Examinations (Prevention of Unfair Means) Act, 2024, aimed at curbing leaks and malpractices in public examinations, including NEET, JEE, and CUET. However, the BJP-led government has faced criticism for failing to implement the Act effectively.

The BJP government in Arunachal Pradesh has also been accused of similar malpractices, with the APPSC Fiasco-2023 still fresh in public memory.

APYC president Tarh Johny expressed dismay at the recurring controversies surrounding recruitment examinations, which he said have undermined the credibility of the examination process and shaken the confidence of dedicated and deserving aspirants.

"The double-engine governments have proven to be two sides of the same coin, failing to curb paper leaks and other malpractices," said Johny. "The Congress Party is deeply concerned about the future of our youth and is committed to ensuring justice for NEET-UG candidates."

In alignment with the All India Congress Committee, the Arunachal Pradesh Youth Congress has made the following demands: a thorough investigation into the National Testing Agency; an immediate ban on the National Testing Agency; the cancellation of the NEET examination; and the resignation of the Union education minister on moral grounds

Johny also criticized BJP leaders in the state, who, he said, have remained silent on the issue despite naming themselves as "chowkidars." He urged them to consider the impact of these irregularities on families across the state who aspire for their children to become doctors and officers.

The APYC said it will continue its fight to ensure fairness and justice in the examination process for all candidates.

Meanwhile, over 400 Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) Arunachal Pradesh chapter staged a protest rally at Jawaharlal Nehru College, Pasighat against the NTA on the alleged irregularities in the recently conducted NEET examination.

The protestors, holding placards and banners, shouted slogans.

The protestors demanded a CBI inquiry into the NTA irregularities in the exam and the resignation of the NTA chairman.

They also burnt the effigy of Union Education minister Dharmendra Pradhan.

Reportedly, the ABVP staged similar protests across the country at more than 500 centers.

ABVP state secretary Tatlom Tayeng said the ABVP stands with the aspiring students and will continue their efforts until the defaulters are brought to justice.

He urged students not to be disheartened or take drastic steps.

Tayeng emphasised that the ABVP is demanding the government form a new autonomous body to conduct competitive examinations fairly.