Published On: Thu, Feb 18th, 2016

Officers facing disciplinary action not to be nominated for poll duty

New Delhi: The Centre has asked not to recommend the officers, who are facing disciplinary action, for observer duties or any other polling duties.

Officers, who are facing disciplinary action,

Officers, who are facing disciplinary action, are not to be nominated for poll duty.

The centre’s letter to all concerned says that the officers who are facing any disciplinary action as recommended by the Election Commission of India, the department or any other agencies are not to be recommended for polling duties.

The Centre has also asked states not to recommend state civil service officers, especially those above 52, for general observer duties. Such officers were not found in good health in earlier assignments.

The letter also clarifies “names of officers who are on long leave, long term training, within the country or overseas, who are having medical illness and hence will not be in a position to do field election duty, have to be avoided for polling duty.”

It has also been pointed that Election Commission of India wants to deploy IAS officers falling within the allottment year 1998 to 2007 and they only may be considered for nomination as general observers for assembly polls to Assam, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal and Puducherry to be held in the first half of 2016.

“In case your State has difficulty and would like to nominate the officers outside this zone of consideration, you may do so by relaxing one or two years maximum. However, that would be subject to the final approval of ECI,” the letter says.

Inputs with ET

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