Amidst the uproar over NEET and UGC-NET, the government implemented anti-paper leak law, now there will be no mercy on the culprits, know what is special

Ananya Shroff
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Amidst the uproar over NEET and UGC-NET, the government implemented anti-paper leak law, now there will be no mercy on the culprits, know what is special


New Delhi: There is an uproar across the country over the NEET and UGC-NET paper leak. Meanwhile, the government has taken a big step and notified a law. This law was passed in February to prevent paper leak and cheating. The name of this law is 'Public Examination Act-2024'. After the implementation of this law, there is a provision of 10 years imprisonment and a fine of one crore for rigging in public examination.

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It was passed in February this year

The Public Examinations (Prevention of Unfair Means) Bill, 2024 was introduced and passed in Parliament. The law aims to prevent unfair means in the public examination system. The bill was introduced in the Lok Sabha on 7 February 2024 and was subsequently passed.

The education minister had also mentioned this a day earlier

This law will apply to all public examinations. The aim of the law is to bring transparency in examinations and take strict action against those who commit irregularities. The government has made this law to stop the increasing cases of paper leak across the country. On Thursday, Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan had said that the government is making a law to stop paper leak. The very next day of his statement, the notification of the Public Examination Act-2024 was issued.

What does the law say?

Under this law, if any person or people are found guilty of paper leak or tampering with the answer sheet, then they can be imprisoned for a minimum of three years. The fine can also be up to Rs 10 lakh. Also, if any service provider or agency is aware of this and does not report the crime, then a fine of up to Rs 1 crore can be imposed on them. If during the investigation it is found that any senior officer of the service provider allowed this crime or was involved in it, then he can be imprisoned for a minimum of three years to 10 years and a fine of Rs 1 crore can also be imposed.

Special things related to Public Examination Act-2024

  • All examinations like UPSC, SSC, Banking, Railway, JEE, NEET, CUET will come under the purview of this law. Also, all the examinations conducted by the government for admission in central educational institutions and jobs will also be included in it.
  • There are many strict provisions in this law, violation of which can result in a minimum jail term of 3 to 5 years. Apart from this, there is also a provision for a fine of up to Rs 10 lakh.
  • The law also proposes a jail term of 5 to 10 years and a minimum fine of Rs 1 crore in cases related to organised crime.

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