20 employees suspended for model code violation

CMO Bandipora penalised for attending election meet, principal KothiBagh school shifted for ‘derailing election process’
20 employees suspended for model code violation
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In an unprecedented action, the Election Commission of India (ECI) has suspended or attached 20 employees in J&K for allegedly campaigning for political parties and other model code of conduct (MCC) violations.

The district election officers have acted against thegovernment employees after announcement of the schedule for LokSabha polls onMarch 10.

A report prepared by the chief electoral officer J&Kthis evening said that six employees have been suspended for violating the MCC.

Those suspended include chief medical officer and blockmedical officer of Bandipora who had attended a workers meeting of NationalConference.

The authorities today placed the principal of girls highersecondary school KothiBagh Srinagar under suspension for "derailing electionprocess."

Four teachers were also placed under suspension in Bandiporadistrict for allegedly campaigning for political parties.

The report states that 107 complaints relating to MCCviolations have been received by the district election officers and the CEO.

While 50 complaints have been disposed of, reports of 57 areawaited, the document states.

Revealing category-wise details of the complaints, thereport states that 42 are relating to violation of transfer policy, 49 pertainto violation of MCC provisions like tenders and approvals, and 16 are aboutcampaigning by government employees.

Of these 107 complaints, 21 are political and 86non-political.

The report also states that Rs 16.48 lakh cash has also beenseized in the state post imposition of the MCC.

Chief electoral officer Shailendra Kumar said there would beno leniency with government employees found involved in electioneering.

"Action would be taken against the employees if they indulgein electioneering or create hurdles in election related processes," he said.

The CEO also appealed to political parties and governmentemployees to follow the MCC in letter and spirit.

The MCC prohibits employees from indulging in any mode ofcanvassing for political parties.

As already reported by Greater Kashmir, DC Kathua was last week shifted on the directions of Election Commission of India. He was shunted out after various quarters raised questions over modification of his transfer order.

RIZWAN GEELANI

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