Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Apr 10:
While the checklist for District Election Officers (DEOs) in connection with the conduct of General Elections, 2014 is clearly against deploying officials and personnel engaged in essential services for election duty, the guideline has been openly flouted in Puri district, well-known social activist Akhand said in a complaint to the Election Commission as well as the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO), Odisha today.
Several employees of different hospitals in Puri district have been requisitioned for election duty for the second phase polls in the state to be held on April 17, in violation of the guideline, he alleged.
In his complaint, the activist has drawn the attention of the CEO to the Commission’s guideline that advises against the deployment of employees and personnel from CBI, IB, RAW and employees engaged in emergency services for poll duty.
Stating that these hospitals are terribly understaffed- with either a single doctor or no doctor- and have inadequate para medical staff, the collector’s order asking employees of these hospitals to join poll duty on April 17, will paralyse medical services in the district for at least three days and result in undue suffering for the public at large.
Akhand has also drawn attention of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) and the Director General and Principal Secretary of the Election Commission for their timely and immediate intervention.