December 3, 2021

Rajasthan government enacts decree to curb bad practice in work exams: Gehlot

Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Sunday said after the state witnessed protests, arrests and alleged irregularities in REET-2021, the Rajasthan government will soon enact a law to further strengthen the law to prevent malpractice in recruitment exams.

Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Sunday said the Rajasthan government will enact a law soon to further strengthen the law to prevent malpractice in recruitment tests, after the state saw protests, arrests and alleged irregularities in REET-2021.

An official statement said the law will include provisions on strict procedures, including seven years in prison and dismissal from government service, against those involved in fraud, paper leaks and other irregularities in competitions.

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He said that under the decree, the use of unfair means in recruitment tests will be placed in the category of recognized and non-bailable offenses and the prison sentence will be increased from three years to seven years.

Gehlot was addressing a high-level Interior Ministry meeting held at the Chief Minister’s Residence.

According to the statement, the Chief Minister said that strict measures must be taken against those found to be involved in irregularities in all future recruitment tests.

He said that if any government official is found to be involved in issues such as paper leakage, mock candidates sitting and copying, the state government will fire them from the service.

In addition, if a person associated with any private educational institution is involved in any wrongdoing, the recognition of the institution in question will be permanently terminated.

Up to 10 people, including some police officers, have been arrested in Rajasthan in connection with irregularities in the Rajasthan Teachers Eligibility Test-2021 (REET-2021).

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The exam was held on September 26 for more than 30,000 teacher positions in the state. About 16 lakh candidates have registered to sit for the examination in the state.

Meanwhile, Gehlot also said that, as in REET-2021, free travel services will be made available to all candidates for the proposed Patwari recruitment examination in October and the RAS Preliminary Examination to be held from then on.

He said that in addition to road buses, sufficient number of private buses will be organized to provide free travel facilities to candidates for both examinations.

The Chief Minister gave the necessary instructions to the Secretary General, Niranjan Arya, and the Director General of Police, ML. Lather, on maintaining law and order and preventing any problems during upcoming recruitment exams.