Did the Health Minister Reduce NEET PG Cutoff to Zero to Secure a Seat for His Daughter?

The Union Health Ministry has announced a significant decision regarding the counseling process for NEET PG 2023. The ministry has chosen to reduce the cutoff percentile to zero for all categories, allowing all students who have taken the NEET exam to participate in the counseling process.

This unexpected move has ignited a firestorm of controversy on social media platforms, with many users accusing Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya of ulterior motives. Numerous social media users alleged that this rule was implemented to secure a seat for the daughter of the Health Minister. Subsequently, the Health Minister also issued a response.Even the Congress party has entered the fray, making serious allegations against the government.

Congress Allegations:
Congress leader Jairam Ramesh expressed his concerns on social media, questioning the government’s decision. In a tweet, he remarked, “The Central Government has decided to reduce the cutoff of NEET-PG exam to zero percentile. With this, even the students scoring lowest marks in the examination will become eligible. This is a shocking decision.”

He further added, “This is in sharp contrast to what the government had presented in the Delhi High Court last year regarding the cutoff of the NEET exam. This is a ‘U-turn’ of the government from its stand.” Ramesh raised suspicions about whether this change was made to benefit influential BJP leaders’ children.

Government’s Response:
In response to these allegations, Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya issued a statement denying any wrongdoing. During a televised interview, he clarified that his daughter, Disha Mandaviya, had not even registered for the NEET exam. Therefore, he emphasized that there was no basis for accusations of altering the rules to secure her admission.

This move to reduce the NEET PG 2023 counseling cutoff has clearly ignited a political firestorm, with both sides passionately defending their positions. As the controversy unfolds, it remains to be seen how this decision will impact the future of medical education in India and whether further investigations will be initiated into the matter.

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