EC gives approval to cases held back earlier

The Election Commission of India has given its go ahead to a number of cases which it had asked to be held back.

Updated: Feb 27, 2012, 17:40 PM IST

Chandigarh: The Election Commission of India has given its go ahead to a number of cases which it had asked to be held back in view of the enforcement of the model code of conduct prior to the Punjab Assembly elections.

The ECI has given its nod to the Punjab Agricultural
University (PAU), Ludhiana, to issue an advertisement for
filling of vacant posts of various categories, including
administrative, scientific and teaching/non-teaching, a State
Election Department spokesperson said here today.

The ECI has also given its approval for the recruitment
process by Subordinate Service (SS) Selection Board.

BJP MP Avinash Rai Khanna has also been allowed by the
ECI to distribute cheques for the development works in
different villages of his Hoshiarpur constituency out of his
discretionary funds.

Khanna, a Congress candidate from Dhuri and the Chairman,
Umeed Foundation, an NGO has also been allowed by the ECI to
have his own photographs on the vans engaged by the
Foundation, the spokesperson said.

Implementation/extension of Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojna
to the labourers and construction workers/ street vendors
under Local Bodies and Labor departments, has also been
allowed by the Commission.

The filling of 529 vacant posts of different categories
in the department of Agriculture, which were taken out of the
purview of the PPSC and the SS Board, through a written test
conducted by the PAU, Ludhiana, have also been approved.

Appointments of 25 ex-servicemen to various posts and one
supervisor in Punjab State Ex-Servicemen Corporation on
contract basis have also been approved.

The ECI has also given its concurrence to appoint the
Chairman of the Board of Governors of Giani Zail Singh College
of Engineering and Technology Bathinda.

The Commission also gave its nod to issue the appointment
letters to three veterinary doctors, which could not be given
earlier because of the imposition of the Code on December 24
last year.

Meanwhile, the spokesperson said that the ECI has
appointed 117 observers for counting of votes purposes.

PTI