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‘There should be no reason for any hindrance,’ says President Droupadi Murmu on paper leaks

Indian President Droupadi Murmu today (June 27) addressed a joint sitting of both Houses where she spoke about the ‘paper leak’ case.

Addressing the 18th Lok Sabha for the first time, the President said her government is working to ensure that there are no reasons for any hindrance in competitive examinations or government recruitment exams.

“Whether it is competitive examinations or Government recruitment there should be no reason for any hindrance. This process requires complete transparency and probity. Regarding the recent instances of paper leak in some examinations, my Government is committed to a fair investigation and ensuring strict punishment to the culprits.

Even earlier, we have witnessed many instances of paper leaks in different states. It is important that we rise above party politics and undertake concrete measures nationwide. Parliament has also enacted a strict law against unfair means in examinations. My Government is working towards major reforms in examination related bodies, their functioning and all aspects of the examination process,” Murmu said.

While she mentioned steps taken by the government on the education front, some opposition members were heard shouting “NEET”.

Her statement comes at a time when there are several protests happening all over the country by the various student unions and Opposition parties. Meanwhile, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has filed an FIR against the alleged paper leaks in states such as Bihar, Gujarat, and Jharkhand.

Meanwhile, the President also claimed that her government “is involved in creating an enabling environment for the youth of this country to dream big and realise those dreams.”

“In the last 10 years, every such obstacle which caused trouble to our youth has been removed. In the past the youth had to run from pillar to post in order to get their certificates attested. Now their self-attestation is sufficient. Interviews for recruitment into Group-C and Group-D posts of the Central Government have been abolished.

Earlier, the students who studied in Indian languages faced an unfair situation. With the implementation of the new National Education Policy, my Government has been able to remove this injustice. Now students can take up engineering courses in Indian languages,” she said.

Murmu also added that in the past 10 years 7 new IITs, 16 IIITs, 7 IIMs, 15 new AIIMS, 315 medical colleges and 390 universities have been established. “It is the endeavour of the Government to further strengthen these institutions and increase their numbers as per requirement. The Government is working towards establishing a Digital University as well. Programmes like Atal Tinkering Labs, Start-up India and Stand-up India, have helped improve the capacity of youth of the country. It is due to these efforts that today India has become the third largest Start-up eco-system in the world,” she added.

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