The government has brought a new bill to deal with problems like cheating and paper leaks in examinations. This bill has a provision of up to 10 years in jail and a fine of up to Rs 1 crore for cheating or any other kind of fraud during the examination. Now only one step is left for this bill to become law. The bill has been approved by both the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha. After the approval of the President, the bill will take the form of law. Let us tell you that to deal with the irregularities in competitive examinations, the government has passed the Public Examinations (Prevention of Unfair Means) Bill 2024.
Under this law, strict action will be taken against those who commit irregularities in the examination. They may have to face imprisonment of up to 10 years and a fine of up to Rs 1 crore. The government says that a lot of money is spent in conducting the examination. At the same time, due to the mistakes of some people, the examination gets canceled and along with the students, the administration also has to suffer loss. In such a situation, the culprits will be responsible for the loss.
The government has clarified that students will not be targeted under this bill. There is a provision for action only against those involved in organized crime, mafia and counterfeiting gangs. There is a proposal to constitute a technical committee in this bill. Apart from this, it will be recommended to make the examination more secure through online mode. Joint exams and entrance examinations for central universities will also be covered under this law.
It is proposed to include examinations like UPSC, SSC, JEE, Railways, Banking, CUET in this bill. Apart from this, examinations conducted for admission process in central universities or for other jobs have also been included. If a case of organized crime is detected then there can be imprisonment of up to 10 years and a fine of up to Rs 1 crore.