Poll duty refusal proves costly for college staff

Take action against 18, BBMP official tells police

The Palike additional commissioner, who is also the district election officer for Bangalore south region has asked the Chandra Layout police to register a case under the relevant sections of IPC and The Representation of People’s Act against the principal and the teachers for refusing to accept election duty.

A few days ago, the BBMP commissioner Bharatlal Meena had appointed the teachers of the composite PU college on Chord Road at Vijayanagar as presiding officers and assistant presiding officers for the BBMP elections. The jurisdictional revenue inspector was deputed to serve the appointment orders on the teachers.

In response, the principal of the institute refused to serve the appointment orders on staff of the institution and returned the orders with a remark that nine of the staff were on leave and one staff had left the service.

Under Section 26 of The Representation of People’s Act 1951, refusal to receive the appointment orders by any government servant or any aided, unaided institution registered under the provisions of Karnataka Education Act and relevant rules, amounts to criminal offence punishable under the provisions of IPC and also provisions the RP Act. Following the refusal, the commissioner directed to lodge a complaint with the local police against all the eighteen including the principal.

DC rules out PUC teachers

At a press conference organised by the Deputy Commissioner (DC) Bangalore Urban, M K Ayyappa, he ruled out any election duty for PUC teachers. “We are pooling in personnel from various government departments to compensate the loss of the PUC teachers for poll duty,” said Ayyappa.

However, the DC categorically declined to entertain any requests from SSLC teachers to be excused from election duty. “The SSLC examinations are scheduled after the elections. They will be appointed for election duty,” he said.  There are as many as 1,278 polling stations with 14,36,137 registered voters under six constituencies in Bangalore Urban.

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