On September 30, 2019, the collective of 10 central trade unions had called out for nationwide general strike on January 8 over the government’s alleged failure to respond to the demands of workers.

In view of this planned countrywide strike, the central trade unions recently wrote to Union HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank, urging him to defer the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) scheduled on January 8.

The Joint All India Entrance Examination for admission to engineering and medical courses is scheduled on 6-10 January.

Owing to the proposed strike, there may be a dislocation of normal traffic movement as transport sector employees are also participating in it. The students appearing in the examination on January 8 may face problems in commuting, the CTUs said in a letter to the minister.

“We request you to please intervene in the matter appropriately so that the exam on January 8 is deferred to some other date to ensure that the examinees do not face any problem,” they said.

As per the information given by the National Testing Agency, 9.3 lakh candidates have applied for JEE Main 2020.

As first reported on www.indianexpress.com