Punjab: EC defers disbursement of relief funds

The EC has deferred the disbursement of relief funds till the election process in Punjab, which goes to polls on January 30, is over.

Last Updated: Dec 29, 2011, 20:23 PM IST

Chandigarh: The Election Commission has
deferred the disbursement of relief funds till the election
process in Punjab, which goes to polls on January 30, is over,
Chief Electoral Officer Kusumjit Sidhu said here on Thursday.

She said that reports received on distributing Ration
Cards/Blue cards with the pictures of Chief Minister Punjab in
district Bathinda were also ordered to be stopped immediately.

Sidhu said that a few sewing machines were also taken
into custody in Chamkaur Sahib, near Ropar, where they were
allegedly being distributed.

She added that 11 Returning Officers in Punjab were also
being shifted on personal as well as administrative grounds.
The CEO also said that unaccounted cash seizures in the state
were continuing.

"The state static surveillance teams were fully geared up
for their work. After the Model Code of Conduct came into
effect from December 24 with the announcement of elections,
unaccounted money amounting to Rs 5 crore, out of which Rs 47
lakh were seized today," she informed.

Quoting an incident of Guru Harsahai, she said that Rs
23 lakh were returned to a farmer after verifying the
authentic documents at the time of checking.

She also said that all the seizures were being
videographed.

Special Chief Electoral Officer, Punjab, Usha R Sharma
said that the Election Department has received 129 complaints
of various nature so far, out of which 21 have been resolved.

She further said that more than 8,000 hoardings have been
removed across the state and 79 notices have been issued
regarding the violation of Model Code of Conduct.

PTI