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Uttarakhand : A law will be made to stop copying in recruitment, draft ready, preparing to pass in the assembly

In Uttarakhand, a strict law has been drafted to prevent cheating in the recruitment examinations conducted by all commissions, boards, councils or universities. The government is preparing to put it on the table during the upcoming assembly session. After discussing all the points in the meeting held at the government level, it has been finalized. Instead of any one commission, the government has prepared the ‘Uttarakhand Prohibition of Copying in Government Services Act 2022’ for all the recruiting institutions in the state. In the meeting held at the government level, all the points of this Act were discussed in detail.

It was decided in the meeting that there will be separate provisions for punishment for candidates, examination conducting bodies and copying mafia in the law. Additional Secretary Personnel Karmendra Singh said that in the meeting regarding the Act for government recruitments to be held across the state, all the concerned departments, including the Justice Department, have given their suggestions. In fact, the need for a strict anti-copying law was felt in the state after the graduation level of the Subordinate Services Selection Commission as well as large-scale copying came to the fore in many recruitments. The commission had prepared a proposal for such a law in the board meeting and sent it to the government.

For the first time in the state, copying prohibition law will be implemented

For the first time, the Uttarakhand government is going to bring a strict copying prohibition law in the state. The draft that has been prepared will be brought to the cabinet meeting. After getting the seal from here, it will be placed on the table during the assembly session. Once passed, this Act will come into force as a law.

So far this provision

So far, after any case of paper leak comes to light, under the anti-copying law of Uttarakhand, the accused are booked under IPC section 420, 120B or hi-tech copying under the IT Act itself. The commission is of the view that these provisions of the law are less for these criminals.

Now this punishment is possible

  • Imprisonment of two to three years along with fine on the candidates and debarring for two years from examinations.
  • Heavy fine and imprisonment of five to seven years for the institution’s role in the paper leak.
  • For the role of copying mafia or gang, imprisonment up to ten years, in addition to attachment of property and fine up to ten lakhs.
  • Considering copying as a cognizable and non-bailable offense, it will be investigated only by the officers of the Additional SP level.

In absence of law, 18 out of 42 accused of paper leak got bail

Due to the absence of any strict law to prohibit copying in the state, 18 out of 42 accused of paper leak in the recruitment of Subordinate Services Selection Commission have been granted bail. Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami has already talked about preparing a completely transparent system of recruitment and taking a big decision to stop copying-paper leaks.