Controversy surrounding the NEET and other paper leaks was highlighted in President Droupadi Murmu‘s speech in Parliament on Thursday morning. Addressing a joint session of both Houses—the first in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s third term and one expected to be marked by opposition protests over the NEET issue—Ms. Murmu stated that the government is “committed to a fair investigation” and vowed “strict punishment for the culprits.”

“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 leaks in some examinations, my government is committed to a fair investigation and ensuring strict punishment for the culprits,” President Murmu said.

She also noted the recurring problem of paper leaks: “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.”

The President further highlighted legislative efforts to curb the menace of paper leaks: “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.”


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