10-Year Jail, Rs 10 Crore Fine, Know all about new law for cheating in exams

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The bill is moved by Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma

10-Year Jail, Rs 10 Crore Fine

Assam's new law for cheating in exams: The Assam Assembly recently passed a bill which was aimed at curbing exam cheating by imposing really harsh penalties. Under the Assam Public Examination (Measures for Prevention of Unfair Means in Recruitment) Bill, 2024, individuals found guilty could face up to 10 years in jail and a fine of 10 crore rupees. 

The bill, moved by Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, will give full immunity to any government officer implementing the clauses in "good faith".

It empowers the government to punish any person, including examinees, indulging in any attempt to leak, produce, sell, print or solve question papers directly or indirectly to assist a candidate and hold tests in undesignated centres.

Besides, an examinee just indulging in unfair means is liable to be punished with imprisonment of up to 3 years and also liable to be fined a minimum of 1 lakh rupees, and another nine months of jail in case of default in payment, the bill said. 

The bill establishes strict penalties for examinees engaging in unfair practices. This move reflects the government’s commitment to ensuring the integrity of recruitment exams in the state.

Additionally, the House also passed the Assam State School Education Board Bill, 2024 for creating a new body to control the education system till class 12 in the state. The new body will only be responsible for conducting examinations and handing certificates. It will not be involved in deciding the curriculum or evaluation of educational institutions.

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