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Assam: 3 years in jail if anyone found cheating in competitive examinations

First Published: 5th February, 2024 19:37 IST

The Bill was introduced to help the crack down on cheating during examinations and preventing paper leakages.

In a decisive move to get rid of unfair practices and irregularities in competitive examinations, the Assam Public Examination (Measures for Prevention of Unfair Means in Recruitment) Bill was introduced on Monday on the first day of the Budget Session of 15th Legislative Assembly.

The Bill was introduced to help the crack down on cheating during examinations and preventing paper leakages.

The Bill carries severe penalties for individuals involved in cheating during examinations.

According to the provisions of the proposed Bill, cheating during examinations will lead to 3 years in jail along with Rs 10 lakh fine.

Similarly, punishment for leaking examination paper will attract a fine of Rs 10 lakh which may extend to Rs 10 crore and not less than five years and may extend to ten years in prison.

The bill says any examinee, who has been convicted of an offence under the provision of this Act, shall be debarred from taking any public examination for a period of two years.

“In case of connection of a person in an organized crime in conspiracy with the examination authority or otherwise indulges or attempts to indulge in unfair means or contravene any of the provisions of this Act, the court shall make an order of recovery of any wrongful gains made by such person, by way of attachment and sale of any of the assets/property, movable or immovable, or both, of such person by following the procedure laid down in the Bharatiya Nagarik Suraksha Sanhita, 2023,” the Bill further reads.

The Bill will be applicable on all government conducted examinations including Assam Public Service Commission (APSC) examinations, State Level Recruitment Commission (SLRC) direct recruitment for Grade III and Grade IV examinations Teacher Eligibility Test (TET) examinations, and others will also come under the ambit of the provisions of the Bill.

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