PRAYAGRAJ: With the UP Board exams set to begin from February 16, UP Special Task Force has oiled up its intelligence network to tighten the noose around copying mafias and rackets involved in mass copying. The STF has prepared a list of sensitive and vulnerable centres in Prayagraj, Kaushambi and Pratapgarh districts and are closely monitoring them.
Deputy SP (STF) Navendu Kumar told TOI: “The STF has chalked out foolproof security plans for smooth conduct of UP Board exams. Apart from oiling up its intelligence network, various STF teams have been assigned the task of strict surveillance.”
Kumar added STF officials were also coordinating with district administration, police and board officials to check mass copying.
The STF has also asked the officials of education department to check the status and functioning of all CCTVs installed at examination centres prior to beginning of exams and also to ensure that the direction of all CCTV installed inside rooms should be on right track (focusing on both students and class invigilator).
“We are coordinating with officials concerned that static magistrates should be present on both shifts of examination at their respective centres,” he said.
Officials, however, said static magistrates would remain mobile throughout the exam period.
This year, the packaging of exam papers was being done in four-layered tamperproof envelops and papers would be distributed to exam centres concerned in shield boxes. Moreover, the question papers will be opened before the static magistrate and both, internal and external centre superintendents.
The district police and administration will make necessary arrangements for the security of the strong room where the question papers are kept. Strict action will be taken against people spreading fake news on social media as well.
This year, over 58 lakh candidates have registered for the UP Board examinations. Of these 31.2 lakh students are for Class 10 and 27.5 lakh for Class 12.
Also, answer sheets given to the students will have QR codes and board monograms on them. The initiatives are being taken with the aim to eliminate the scope of manipulation of answer sheets.
In Prayagraj, there are a total of 328 examination centres which have been divided into 25 sectors. To maintain close monitoring, duties of three super zonal magistrates (ADM rank officials), eight zonal magistrates (SDM rank officials) and 25 sector magistrates have been assigned duties. All examination centres would have one static magistrate and external centre superintendents.
A senior administrative official said: “All preparations have been made and monitoring of all examination centres would be carried out through one district level control room. Adequate police forces will also be deployed at all centres.”

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