SRINAGAR: National Conference Party on Tuesday expressed concern over the plight of NEET aspirants who are undergoing inconvenience in reaching their designated exam centers outside valley, saying the woes of aspirants have increased manifold due to log jams on the only national highway connecting Kashmir with other parts of the country.

As NEET exams are around the corner on September 13, most of the students are still grappling to reach their designated exam centers across the country, said Party Spokesperson Imran Nabi Dar while expressing concern over the plight of students who he said were again at the receiving end due to the sluggish pace of traffic on the only national highway connecting Kashmir with the rest of the country.

“NEET aspirants are finding it very difficult to reach their designated exam centers across the country on the account of log jam on Srinagar-Jammu highway due to some obstruction caused by weather vagaries. The government on its part has asked the students to take to Mughal road, where the situation is no different.  The students who had taken Mughal road route to reach their destinations are presently stuck at Hirpura, where the situation is far from improving due to the incoming rush of truck loads carrying necessary merchandise to the valley.  After waiting for hours altogether, many aspirants moved back and tried to take to the Srinagar and Jammu national highway again,” he said.

He further added, “While the aspirants are struggling to reach their designated exam centers, the administration seems to have turned volt face to their woes; on the contrary, the aspirants are being dealt with high-handedly. We have been receiving SOS calls from many such aspirants who are stuck at Hirpura on Mughal road. These people have been burning their midnight oil for the forthcoming exams and in case they are not able to reach their exam centers, their hard work will, unfortunately, go in vain.”

The administration should have allowed the vehicles carrying aspirants on first priority, which unfortunately has not been done, he said. “The exams are scheduled on 13th of this month, and the aspirants have to reach far off places across the country. The apathetic attitude of the administration is adding to their miseries.  I urge the divisional administration and the concerned authorities to devise a strategy to give a passage to these aspirants on the national highway and Mughal road on a priority basis. If that is not possible then the government should air lift these students to Jammu, where they can easily move ahead. Ideally, the government should not have made students suffer, it is a gross injustice,” he said.


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