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Haryana schools to remain closed on Saturday ahead of CET Group D examination

In a significant development, all schools in Haryana will remain closed on Saturday, October 21, to facilitate the Group D examination. This decision comes following a formal statement by the Directorate of School Education emphasizing its importance.

The Common Eligibility Test (CET) for Group D positions is scheduled to be held on October 21 and 22 across various schools, colleges, and educational institutions in 17 Haryana districts and the city of Chandigarh, serving as an examination center. The exam is divided into two shifts, from 10 am to 11:45 am and from 3 pm to 4:45 pm.


**Measures for a Smooth Examination:**

The Haryana government has implemented stringent measures to ensure the smooth conduct of this vital examination. Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar chaired a high-level meeting through video conferencing, including Divisional Commissioners, Deputy Commissioners, Range IGs of police, and Superintendents of Police. The meeting aimed to review and strengthen comprehensive arrangements for the examination.


**Free Transportation and Additional Support:**

Haryana’s Transport Minister, Mool Chand Sharma, announced that candidates taking the CET exam would receive free transportation on state government buses. Additionally, one family member accompanying female candidates will also travel for free. Candidates are required to reach the nearest bus stand at the district or sub-division level by 7:30 am for the morning session and by 12 pm for the evening session. They will be provided return transportation to their destinations after the exam.


**Proactive Transportation Measures:**

To ensure uninterrupted transportation services, transport department officials have been directed to reserve five or two buses at all bus stands and sub-centers. This ensures swift availability in case of bus issues. A sufficient number of buses will be accessible in all districts, utilizing a total of 3,000 buses from Haryana Roadways, along with buses from various educational institutions. Candidates must present their admit cards to access this service.


**Security and Preventive Measures:**

At the high-level meeting, Chief Minister Khattar issued strict directives to all officials involved in the exam process. He emphasized the government’s primary objective of merit-based recruitment and the necessity for a disruption-free examination. Ensuring the comprehensive deployment of staff at examination centers is crucial to prevent issues such as paper leaks, unauthorized access, copying, or impersonation.


On the day of the exam, prohibitory orders under Section 144 will be enforced within a 500-meter radius of the examination centers. Coaching centers and stationery shops selling printing materials will also remain closed. Notably, the National Testing Agency (NTA) will conduct the CET examination for Group D positions, with a substantial 13,75,151 candidates registered for the exam. The examination will take place at 798 centers across 17 districts of the state and Chandigarh, with nearly 3.5 lakh candidates expected in each of the two shifts. These stringent measures are crucial for its smooth conduct.

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