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Updated: April 3, 2014 09:37 IST

Paid holiday on polling day: IT firms not exempted

T. Ramakrishnan
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Chief Electoral Officer Praveen Kumar said the office of the Labour Commissioner had already issued an instruction to all firms and establishments to declare a paid holiday. File photo
The Hindu Chief Electoral Officer Praveen Kumar said the office of the Labour Commissioner had already issued an instruction to all firms and establishments to declare a paid holiday. File photo

Making it clear that companies in the information technology sector will have to declare a paid holiday on the day of polling (April 24, 2014 in Tamil Nadu), Chief Electoral Officer Praveen Kumar on Wednesday said he would discuss with State IT secretary (T.K. Ramachandran) the matter of ensuring IT companies fall in line with the Election Commission’s directive.

Responding to a reporter’s observation that some IT firms might not grant a holiday on the day of polling, the CEO said the office of the Labour Commissioner had already issued an instruction to all firms and establishments to declare a paid holiday.

Provisions of several laws such as the Representation of People Act, Negotiable Instruments Act and Factories Act could be invoked in this regard. Those who had not given a paid holiday could be booked under Section 135 –B of the RP Act, which stipulates the levy of a fine of Rs. 500.

Case against Anbumani

On the issue of a case filed last week against former Union Minister and Pattali Makkal Katchi youth wing leader Anbumani Ramadoss on charges of distributing compact discs (CD) allegedly containing video/audio clips that could promote hatred between two communities, Mr. Kumar said he sought a report from Dharmapuri District Collector.

The case against Commercial Taxes Minister M.C. Sampath in connection with an alleged distribution of cash had been dropped on the ground that the incident took place a few days before the model code of conduct came into force.

On the status of complaint given by the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam regarding another reported incident of cash distribution in Mookoodi village of Aranthangi taluk (falling under the Ramanathapuram parliamentary constituency) the CEO said a FIR had been filed.

A local official of Aranthangi said the case had been booked under 171 (b) and (e) of the Indian Penal Code against 10 persons including seven for having allegedly received bribe.

Mr. Kumar said that as of now, 778 cases had been filed with regard to violation of the model code of conduct. Cash of Rs. 14.59 crore had been seized and non-cash items, worth Rs. 6.76 crore.


He clarified that the restriction on public meetings and use of loudspeakers beyond 10 p.m. would not be applicable to door-to-door canvassing.


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500!!!! Well if i had a company I will ask the person to cast his vote and come to office. I would rather say "anyhow you gonna elect a corrupt, why to waste your work for that. Lets work and grow in career. This vote will no way give any improvement for your career as we are in no way depended on the govt. So this is what is important in life... ". And well since the law of these kinds were created when Hyder Ali was alive I dont think so these laws are stringent enough for this century.

from:  Karthik T
Posted on: Apr 4, 2014 at 11:36 IST

"fine of Rs. 500" - An IT Company could earn crores of rupees in a day forcing people to work. Do you mean they can earn crores of rupees, and pay only a fine of 500? How Rediculous! Rules should be changed to collect 5 fold of the earnings.

from:  Raja Newyork
Posted on: Apr 3, 2014 at 18:27 IST

500 rupees fine...haha he is joking

from:  Binu
Posted on: Apr 3, 2014 at 12:43 IST

Mere fine of Rs500 can never stop any company earning crores in a single day..Election commision on one hand wants every one should vote..but at the same time it provides loop will be surely exploited...

Please raise the fine depending on the strenght of a company..and the type of business they are in..The one size fits all policy will not work here..

from:  deepak
Posted on: Apr 2, 2014 at 18:52 IST

Has this ever been implemented. Has a reality check been done by the ECI or any concerned authority in this matter!! I can't believe.!!!!

from:  Nandanan
Posted on: Apr 2, 2014 at 16:20 IST

All Managers in the so called IT companies will say "Guys it is matter of waiting there for 15 min and doing your duty. Adjust between yourselves and come to office in time".

from:  Gokul
Posted on: Apr 2, 2014 at 15:53 IST

A fine of mere Rs. 500/-. IT giants and small ones too won't mind a few thousands for earning Lacs. Polling is the right of citizens and they should be able to exercise without any hassles at all. The fine should be much higher. If not monetary then publish name of all firms violating this law in all dailies and make sure it is announced on Stock Exchanges as well.

Companies sure will consider this huge penalty (on their reputation) before thinking of calling employees on job for polling day.

from:  Rahul
Posted on: Apr 2, 2014 at 15:41 IST
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