Roofless polling station: VLW, GRS suspended, salary of BDO withheld

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RAJOURI :  Taking serious cognisance of negligence by which a polling station without roof was approved for polling, the district administration Rajouri has suspended a Village Level Worker (VLW) and GRS while salary of BDO Khawas has been withheld.

The order in this regard reads, “Whereas, on December 3, 2018, a news circulated on Social Media that the Polling Station building at Keri Panchayat Kotecharwal Block Khawas is without roof-top and not well prepared for conduct of Panchayat polls. Whereas, all Block Development Officers, were directed to conduct physical verification of all the Polling Stations in respect of each Block for smooth conduct of Panchayat polls. It seems that Block Development Officer, Khawas, VLW Yasar Iqbal and GRS Raiz Hussain did not physically inspect the polling station and did not review the polling station infrastructure/basic minimum facilities at the polling station.

In view of this, VLW Yasar Iqbal and GRS Raiz Hussain are hereby placed under suspension with immediate effect.

Further, salary of Block Development Officer, Khawas shall remain withheld till further orders. He shall submit an explanation as to why disciplinary proceedings should not be initiated against him.

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Assistant Commissioner, Development shall conduct an enquiry into the matter and submit a factual report within a period of one week positively”.

Roofless school building allotted as polling station in Khawas, leaves staff shocked

The District administration Rajouri had to face major embarrassment after the pictures of a school building without roof and broken walls allotted as polling station in remote and mountainous Khawas area near Budhal went viral on social media drawing attention of the people and State administration.

The polling staff members along with security staff when reached the village Lambi Keri near Kot Charwal in Khawas in Darhal constituency, were shocked to see the condition of school building.

It was surprising for the staff to see that neither there was roof of complete widows or doors nor complete walls of the first ever ‘strange polling station’ they had ever seen.

The tin sheets of the front premises had also been missing. They kept the polling machines and other luggage in the open and started calling Deputy Commissioner, Additional DC Rajouri and Tehsildar concerned for telling the condition of the building allotted as polling station at the village.

There was intense cold in the area and the staff started shivering.

(Rainu Raina)

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