In view of frequent incidences of competitive exam question paper leakages, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has issued directions to the investigating bodies, to invoke the stringent National Security Act (NSA) against those involved in such acts and to blacklist the responsible agencies.
Quoting the chief minister, an official spokesman on Wednesday said, “the exams should be transparent and corruption-free. The government will not tolerate those trying to play with the future of youths. Strict action will be taken against those who pollute the examination process.”
"The NSA will be invoked against those involved in paper leaks and if discrepancies are committed by the agencies involved in the process, they will be blacklisted and legal action will be taken against them," said the chief minister, according to the spokesperson.
Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has also directed officials heading recruitment boards to ensure vacancies in their departments are filled without much delay.
"The posts in any department should not remain vacant for longer duration. They should be filled timely," the CM said.
11 people were arrested by the UP Special Task Force last week, for their alleged roles in the leakage of questions papers for tube well operators recruitment tests, organised by the UP Subordinate Services Selection Commission (UPSSSC).
The examinations were cancelled post the leakage of questions papers. As a corrective measure, the UPSSSC had said it will prepare "at least two sets of question papers".
Incidents of leakage of questions papers reported from Uttar Pradesh in the past had given a tough time to the cops and to the job aspirants.
On June 18 this year, 19 people were arrested for allegedly aiding cheating through hi-tech devices, such as spy-mics, and placing "solvers" impersonating aspirants in the Uttar Pradesh police constable recruitment examination.
The state police had arrested as many as 51 people across the state on July 29, for facilitating cheating during a recruitment examination for assistant teachers.
On August 23, 2017, the STF had arrested seven members of a gang allegedly involved in leaking a question paper of the online examination for sub-inspectors (SI).