CEC agrees that Goa govt is giving out jobs
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Last Updated: Saturday, December 17, 2011, 00:50
  
Panaji: Chief Election Commissioner SY Quraishi on Friday said that government jobs were being handed out by the state government in the run-up to the Goa Legislative Assembly election.

But he said the Election Commission of India had no powers to act till the model code of conduct was in place.

The EC team was in Goa to review election preparations. Assembly polls are due in mid-next year in Goa.

"The jobs are being given, but we don't have the powers to do anything before the code of conduct," said Quraishi, who had received complaints that ministers were handing out jobs ahead of the polls.

Opposition BJP too raised the issue with Election Commission officials today.

Quraishi said the state's chief secretary had been asked to give detailed report on the government job situation during last meeting. "I have yet to meet the chief secretary. I am awaiting report from him," he said.

However, Goa Chief Secretary Sanjay Srivastava said soon after the meeting with EC officials that nobody had sought any report from his office, or from him.

PTI


First Published: Saturday, December 17, 2011, 00:50


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