CEC seeks report on pre-poll mass recruitment

PTI, PANAJI | 23 August 2011 23:12 IST

The Election Commission of India (ECI) today ordered the Goa chief secretary to submit a detailed report on the recent mass government recruitments in the wake of forthcoming Legislative Assembly elections scheduled in the state next year.

Chief Election Commissioner S Y Quraishi told reporters today that they have received complaints by a few political parties about the rampant filling of government vacancies, which eventually amounts to inducing voters.

The five-year term of the current Assembly will get over in June next year.

Quraishi said that the Chief Secretary has been asked to submit a report detailing whether there was any unusual activity in filling up the vacancies.

"If there is any need for some recruitments then that can be considered. But if new posts have been created in an unusual manner, they need to be checked," he said.

The Election Commission today held meetings with political parties, District Election Officers, Superintendents of Police and Electoral Registration Officers.

Quraishi said that a few political parties have complained that the distribution of money and liquor has already begun in the state to entice voters.

We have asked officers to keep an eye on any such liquor distribution, he added.

Political parties, which met the Commission, also pointed out that migrant workers, arriving in Goa from other states, have voting rights at two places, Quraishi said.

He said the ECI would be issuing advertisements educating people that having voting rights at two places is illegal.

The CEC also assured the media to maintain strict vigil over the paid news phenomena that has already begun in the state.

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Already we have created a heavy debt burden on every Goan to the tune of more than 50,000 Rs, A new born child comes in this world by taking the liability to pay back such huge amount. This is never a thing to be proud of.

Moreover this small State has a huge Army of about 50,000 employees--which has no justification by any standards. Recruiting another few thousand to distribute doles-- may be for political gains -- is the most deplorable thing that the Government can do to this State..... and of course to the younger generation too....

You enter any Government Office--You will feel ashamed to see so many people sitting idle without any work . There is a unit of Work study in the Government but this unit is dormant and become totally disfunctional. Actually this unit should should do the work audit and assess the work of each employee so that correct picture of the working can be got. The excess employees need to be re-deployed.. Shame that all this is not happening and mass recruitment is resorted to---creating more burden on the Tax payer.

- vishwas prabhudesai, loliem | 24 th August 2011 11:20


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