Bangladesh Public Service Commission (PSC) Bill 2023 was passed in the parliament today incorporating punishment for involvement in any irregularity in PSC exams.
State Minister for Public Administration Farhad Hossain moved the bill in the House and it was passed by voice vote.
The maximum punishment for involvement in leaking questions of any PSC exam will be 10 years’ jail or financial penalty or both, according to the draft law.
The bill will replace the Bangladesh Public Service Commission Ordinance, 1977 in line with a judgment of the High Court over the laws of military regimes.
The maximum punishment for adopting unfair means in examination and engagement in answer sheet forgery would be two years’ jail or financial penalty or both.
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The penalty is the same for helping any examinee taking unfair mens in the exam hall, fake examinees and tampering with answer sheet.
The penalty is one year of jail or financial penalty or both for creating obstacles in taking examinations and creating anarchy.
As per the bill, apart from question paper leaks, other crimes will also be punished by mobile courts.
There will be a public service commission to be called the Bangladesh Public Service Commission.
The number of members of the Commission, including the Chairman, shall be not less than six nor more than 20.
There will be a secretariat of the Commission where a secretary of the government will be appointed as the Commission Secretary.