Summary Revision of Electoral Rolls In Jan As Govt Bars Staff Transfer 

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SRINAGAR — As the Election Commission of India has announced revised schedule for Special Summary Revision of Electoral Rolls to preparing “accurate rolls”, the state government on Wednesday asked all administrative secretaries, divisional commissioners and deputy commissioners to strictly comply with instructions by the poll conducting body and among others avoid transfer of staff associated with the process. 

“The Chief Electoral Officer, JK has conveyed that the Election Commission of India has announced the revised schedule for Special Summary Revision of Electoral Rolls with reference to 1st January, 2019 with a view to preparing accurate rolls, inclusive of all eligible persons as electors,” reads an order issued by Subash Chhibber, Additional Secretary to Government GAD department.    

As per Section 9A of JK Representation of Peoples Act, 1957, the Officers/Staff employed in connection with the preparation, revision and correction of electoral rolls shall be deemed to be on deputation to the Election Commission for the period during which they are so employed and such officers and staff during the period be subject to the control, superintendence and discipline of the Election Commission. “The Chief Electoral Officer, JK has further conveyed that the Commission has desired that the transfers of officers/officials engaged in roll revision work during the period of revision adversely affect the work and the quality of revision process has to be done in a prefixed time schedule, the order said, adding, “This gigantic work involves meticulous planning, professional management, close supervision as well as monitoring and discussion with stakeholders including political parties, etc.”

 Therefore, during the roll revision period the transfer of any officer/official engaged in this exercise should be avoided, it said. 

Accordingly, all Administrative Secretaries, the Divisional Commissioners and the Deputy Commissioners were ordered to strictly adhere to the instructions by the election body.  

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