JEE Main 2019: The West Bengal government has decided to ply 2,200 buses in Kolkata especially for aspirants of Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) Main 2019 owing to ‘Bharat Bandh’, said state Transport Minister Suvendu Adhikari. The government would arrange 30 per cent extra buses to help candidates during the two-day strike. Candidates appearing for JEE Main 2019 may, therefore, not have to suffer because of the nationwide strike called by CPIM-led trade union Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU).

A leading daily quoted Education Minister Partha Chatterjee as saying, “The government is with the candidates, if they face any problem, the administration will surely help them.” Meanwhile, the state government has set up kiosks at some examination centres in the city to assist the candidates, an official from the education department reportedly said. He added that the kiosks at the exam centres will be operational 24×7 until January 12, 2019. The JEE Main 2019 will begin from January 8 till January 12, 2019.

Around 9.5 lakh candidates are expected to take the JEE Main 2019. Candidates taking the exam should contact the ‘Center Locator’ facility on the official website for general facilitation, said NTA DG, Vineet Joshi. The helpline numbers are available on the website.

The two-day nationwide strike was initiated by ten central trade unions — INTUC, AITUC, HMS, CITU, AIUTUC, AICCTU, UTUC, TUCC, LPF and SEWA — in an attempt to hit the “anti-people” policies of the Centre. The protestors have placed a charter of 12 demands before the Central Government in this regard.