New Delhi: The Union Government introduced the Public Examinations (Prevention of Unfair Means) Bill, 2024, in Lok Sabha on Monday.
The bill was introduced by Union Minister Jitendra Singh and aimed at curbing leaks and organized cheating in public exams and entrance tests.
The bill also proposed a maximum jail term of 10 years and a fine of up to ₹1 crore for those who are involved in cheating.
The bill will act against organised gangs, mafia elements, and those indulging in malpractices, and it will not even spare government officials found in collusion with them.
Exam paper leaks have become a nationwide problem.
Some states, like Gujarat, have brought their own laws to deal with the menace.
The teacher recruitment exam in Rajasthan, the Common Eligibility Test (CET) for Group-D posts in Haryana, and the recruitment exam for junior clerks in Gujarat were among others cancelled in 2023 following question paper leaks.