Tough anti-copying law on anvil in Chhattisgarh

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Raipur, July 2 (UNI) With a view to putting a full-stop on copying in school and college examinations, the Chhattisgarh government has decided to frame a stringent anti-copying law having a provision of upto five years' imprisonment.

The Bill's draft was ayed today at a Cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Raman Singh here and the proposal for legislation would be tabled in the Assembly's monsoon session getting underway next week.

''Students who indulge in copying will attract fines but those convicted of sponsoring it, disturbing peace and carrying weapons to exam centres will be jailed for one to five years and will have to pay fines ranging from Rs 7,000-50,000,'' Revenue and Forests Minister Brijmohan Agrawal said while briefing the press on the Cabinet decisions.

The Bill follows an expose about candidates making it to the merit list through cheating in this year's intermediate and high-school exams.

The Cabinet also approved the Chhattisgarh Libraries Act aimed at encouraging the setting up of libraries.

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