Maharashtra government introduced a bill to prevent examination related malpractices

Mumbai. Amid concerns over paper leaks in examinations, the Maharashtra government on Friday introduced a bill in the state assembly aimed at preventing malpractice in competitive examinations. The bill provides for a jail term of up to five years for offenders. Minister Shambhuraj Desai introduced the bill ‘Maharashtra Competitive Examination (Prevention of Unfair Means) Act, 2024’ in the assembly. Under the bill, crimes related to the conduct of competitive examinations will be cognizable, non-bailable and non-compoundable.

According to the bill, those found involved in unfair means and crimes in the conduct of competitive examinations will be punished with imprisonment of at least three years, which can be increased to five years and a fine of up to Rs 10 lakh. In case of non-payment of fine, additional punishment of imprisonment will be given as per the provisions of the Indian Justice Code 2023.

The key features of the bill include making provisions to avoid disruption in the conduct of competitive examinations, specifying the duties of question paper setters, empowering officers of the rank not below deputy superintendent of police or assistant commissioner of police to investigate crime. The bill has been introduced in the assembly in the wake of alleged irregularities in the conduct of the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test-Graduate (NEET-UG).

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