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Cong's ‘damage control’ jab at Centre's anti-cheating law amid NEET row

Congress slams Modi govt's exam law, Jairam Ramesh criticizes, NEET-UG, UGC-NET scandals," politics, education, India

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  • 22, Jun, 2024
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Cong's ‘damage control’ jab at Centre's anti-cheating law amid NEET row

Congress leader Jairam Ramesh criticized the Narendra Modi-led Central government's recent enactment of the Public Examinations (Prevention of Unfair Means) Act, 2024, alleging it was a reactionary move to address several scandals that had plagued competitive exams. Ramesh highlighted the timing of the law's implementation, suggesting it was aimed at damage control amidst widespread protests and allegations of malpractice in exams like NEET-UG and UGC-NET.

The new law, which received presidential assent on February 13, 2024, was swiftly enforced by the government, coming into effect on June 21, 2024. It introduces stringent penalties, including a maximum 10-year prison term and fines up to ₹1 crore, targeting individuals involved in exam irregularities such as paper leaks.

Ramesh emphasized the necessity of such legislation but criticized its focus on addressing issues after they occur, rather than preventing them proactively. He expressed skepticism about the effectiveness of the law in tackling systemic flaws in India's examination system, which have sparked nationwide protests by opposition parties and student groups.

The Congress party, along with other political entities, has been vocal in its condemnation of alleged irregularities in competitive exams, accusing the government of failing to ensure transparency and fairness. The enactment of the Public Examinations (Prevention of Unfair Means) Act has further fueled debates over the adequacy of legislative measures versus comprehensive reforms needed to overhaul the examination process.

As controversies surrounding exam conduct continue to simmer, the government's swift action in enforcing the new law reflects ongoing efforts to contain public outrage and restore confidence in the integrity of India's competitive examinations. However, criticisms from opposition leaders like Jairam Ramesh underscore persistent concerns regarding the efficacy and timing of such legislative interventions in addressing deep-rooted challenges in the education sector.

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