The Centre has enacted a stringent law that aims to curb malpractices and irregularities in competitive examinations. The law entails provisions for a maximum jail term of 10 years and a fine of up to 1 crore rupees for offenders.

In a notification published in the official gazette, the Ministry of Personnel stated that the provisions of the law will come into force today. The Public Examinations (Prevention of Unfair Means) Bill, 2024, was passed by the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha on February 6 and 9, respectively. President Droupadi Murmu gave approval to the bill on February 12, turning it into law.

The Act aims to prevent unfair means in the public examinations conducted by the Union Public Service Commission, Staff Selection Commission, National Testing Agency, Railway Recruitment Board, and banking recruitment examination bodies, among others.

It includes provisions for a minimum of three to five years of imprisonment to curb cheating, and those involved in organized crimes of cheating will face five to 10 years of imprisonment and a minimum fine of 1 crore rupees.

MTNews Desk

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