New law timely to prevent false information
Giving false information is a serious offence in many jurisdictions. Associated laws contain jail terms. Parliament passed the False Information Bill. The new law says that anyone found guilty of giving false information would face a penalty of up to 10 years in prison.
It is designed to deter people from giving false information for pecuniary gain when applying for Government assistance. In allocating financial help Government expects a certain amount of honesty from applicants. The new law will reinforce that.
It suggests that there seems to be a culture of dishonesty and it’s difficult and even practically impossible to monitor all the use of financial help given.
It’s incumbent on all the applicants to be truthful in filling forms and using the assistance for the purpose it was intended.
It will ensure that assistance will go to the right people. False information laws can be found in many jurisdictions. This new law is timely because it will come in handy during rehabilitation.