New Bill Introduced in the Lok Sabha, Proposing Legislation to Strengthen Measures Against Examination Malpractices           

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The new legislation aims to enhance transparency, fairness, and credibility in public examination systems while taking action against malicious elements.

Today, the government presented a bill in the Lok Sabha aimed at eliminating malpractices and irregularities in competitive examinations. The proposed legislation, titled the Public Examinations (Prevention of Unfair Means) Bill, 2024, introduced by Union Minister Jitendra Singh, includes provisions for a maximum jail term of 10 years and a fine of up to ₹1 crore. This initiative follows the cancellation of several competitive exams, such as the teacher recruitment exam in Rajasthan, the Common Eligibility Test (CET) for Group-D posts in Haryana, the recruitment exam for junior clerks in Gujarat, and the constable recruitment examination in Bihar, due to question paper leaks.

The Bill aims to enhance transparency, fairness, and credibility in public examination systems, providing assurance to the youth that their sincere efforts will be justly rewarded, securing their future.

What are some of the objectives of the Bill now?

  • The Bill aims to target organized gangs, mafia elements, and individuals involved in malpractices, without unfairly implicating students. Government officials found guilty will also face consequences.
  • Establishment of a high-level national technical committee on public examinations tasked with providing recommendations to enhance the security of the computerized examination process.
  • The committee will create protocols to safeguard digital platforms, strategize the development of foolproof IT security systems, implement electronic surveillance of examination centers, and establish national standards and services for both IT and physical infrastructure used in the administration of competitive examinations.
  • Discourage malicious individuals from employing impersonation methods and engaging in activities such as paper leaks and other malpractices.

Previously, during a joint sitting of both houses of Parliament at the commencement of the Budget session on January 31, President Droupadi Murmu acknowledged the youth’s concerns regarding irregularities in examinations. She stated that the government is committed to addressing these concerns and has decided to enact a new law to sternly deal with such malpractices.

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