Arunachal Pradesh Chief Secretary Satya Gopal on Wednesday said strict action will be taken against the State Government employees, who are found to be involved in political campaigns during the ensuing elections.
Chief Secretary Gopal said this while presiding over the Voter Awareness Forum’s (VAF) meeting at his office here on Wednesday.
Stating that he will not tolerate any misconduct from any Government employee during the ensuing election, Gopal advised the Government employees to be neutral and follow the model code of conduct (MCC).
The guidelines of the MCC should be followed by all Government employees in letter and spirit, he said while stating its significance. He requested all the officers and officials not to indulge in any kind of activities which may have severe repercussions later.
He also stated in order to conduct a peaceful, fair and transparent election process in the State all possible functionaries will be used and taken up into consideration.
Arunachal Pradesh Chief Secretary Gopal also addressed two major components of the election process – transfer posting of APCS officers, and arrangement and deployment of security personnel.
He put it on record that the APCS officers that are being or will be posted should adhere to the decision taken with regard to the transfer posting without fail for larger interest.
With an understanding that the presence of adequate police and paramilitary personnel will determine peaceful election process, the Arunachal Pradesh Chief Secretary also asked the Director General of Police (DGP) to put forward demand for adequate security personnel for peaceful conduct of election in the State.
Gopal further said that demands and estimates of expected expenditure related to the ensuing election should be placed strictly as per requirement and after proper scrutiny.
State’s chief election officer Kaling Tayeng, briefing the house on the objective of Voter Awareness Programme, sought cooperation from all department heads present in the meeting for a successful and peaceful conduct of election in State.
Voter Awareness Forum is an endeavour of the Election Commission of India for promoting awareness on the registration and voting process and for sensitising the members on value of vote.
Power-point presentation on VAF and MCC was presented by Lod Takar, State Nodal Officer of SVEEP.
Principal Secretary Home, DGP, Commissioners, Secretaries, Chief Engineers and Directors were present in the meeting.
Meeting on VAF and launching of the programme were also held at Ziro, Khonsa, Tezu and Bomdial in the Lower Subansiri, Tirap, Lohit and West Kameng districts respectively.