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UP Cabinet approves ordinance to curb paper leaks

UP Cabinet approves ordinance to curb paper leaks

Lucknow, June 25 (UNI) The Uttar Pradesh Cabinet on Tuesday approved an ordinance that prescribes up to life imprisonment and a maximum penalty of Rs one crore for those involved in unfair practices and paper leaks in public examinations.

The ordinance also criminalizes the distribution of fake question papers and the creation of fake employment websites.

It was approved during a Cabinet meeting held at Lok Bhavan which was chaired by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.

The Cabinet also approved a proposal for the world-class Indian Temple Museum in Ayodhya to be built by Tata Sons under CSR initiative.

The ordinance to check paper leaks includes stringent penalties for violators, with punishments ranging from 2 years to life imprisonment and fines of up to one crore rupees.

Finance and Parliamentary Minister Suresh Khanna provided details about the proposals approved during the meeting. "A total of 44 proposals were presented to the Cabinet of which 43 were approved. Among the approved proposals was the Prevention of Unfair Means and Paper Leaks in Public Examinations Ordinance 2024," he said.

He said the this ordinance mandates severe penalties for those involved in paper leaks, including institutions and associated individuals, with punishments ranging from 2 years to life imprisonment and fines of up to one crore rupees.

The ordinance covers the Public Service Commission, Uttar Pradesh Subordinate Services Selection Board, Uttar Pradesh Board, universities, authorities, or institutions nominated by them.

It applies to all recruitment examinations, regularization or promotion exams, and entrance exams for degrees, diplomas, or certificates.

He said, "If an examination is compromised, the financial burden will be recovered from the solver gang, the institutes involved and service providers will be permanently blacklisted.

"The Act also includes provisions for property attachment in case of a crime. All offences under this ordinance are classified as cognizable, non-bailable, and triable by the Sessions Court and are non-compoundable. Stringent conditions for bail have also been framed," he said.

Khanna said, "In the absence of an Assembly session, an ordinance has been proposed in place of a bill. The Council of Ministers will approve the proposal, after which the ordinance process will be completed and implemented."

The Yogi government has also approved extension of the Varanasi, Bareilly, and Moradabad development authorities with inclusion of several revenue villages. Finance Minister Suresh Khanna informed that with the proposed extension, the Varanasi Development Authority. will include 215 revenue villages.

Similarly, 35 revenue villages have also been included in the Bareilly Development Authority and 71 revenue villages in the Moradabad Development Authority.

Tourism Minister Jaiveer Singh said that Tata Sons will construct a world-class Indian Temple Museum in Ayodhya with an investment of Rs 750 crore from its CSR fund. The Cabinet has approved the proposal for the world-class museum.

The central government has collaborated with Tata Sons on this initiative, earmarking Rs 650 crore for the museum and another Rs 100 crore for ancillary development. Rs 750 crore has been sanctioned for the Indian Temple Museum project. Tata Sons will oversee the construction, with the Tourism Department leasing the land at a nominal rate of one rupee for a period of 90 + 90 years.

The Yogi Cabinet has approved the Chief Minister Tourism Fellowship Program, which aims to select researchers through the Tourism Department. These researchers will promote tourism in the state and facilitate investment acceleration in this sector. Additionally, they will assist in resolving issues faced by investors.

The Tourism Minister highlighted these researchers' pivotal role in supervising and monitoring Tourism Department schemes, developing ecological sites comprehensively, evaluating both central and state government schemes, and advancing plans for fairs and festivals.

They will contribute significantly to creating a favourable environment for investors and tourists while supporting the preservation efforts of the District Tourism and Culture Council, particularly under the Tourism Directorate.

Initially, 25 researchers will be chosen for this program. They will receive an honorarium totalling Rs. 40,000, with Rs. 30,000 allocated for remuneration and Rs. 10,000 for field visits. Additionally, they will be provided with a tablet for their work.

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