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Collectors can undertake relief despite code: A.V.S.Reddy

  • Code in three divisions till the elections, but no hindrance to relief and rescue operations
  • Fresh elections in rain-affected gram panchayats in Medak and Guntur districts to be held on August 9
  • Elections to panchayats in Adilabad, East and West Godavari and Srikakulam districts on August 10

    HYDERABAD: The State Election Commission has made it clear that flood relief and rehabilitation work in the gram panchayats where elections have been postponed would not be hit due to the model code of conduct in force.

    State Election Commissioner A. V. S. Reddy and secretary G.N. Rao told a press conference here that the code in force all over the State since the Panchayat Raj elections was lifted on Monday in villages where elections had concluded. But it was in force in areas where elections had been postponed.

    Code in 3 divisions

    "Even if the code is in force, the Collectors can go ahead and undertake relief operations to provide succour to the affected families," Dr. Reddy said. The code would be in force in Nirmal division (Adilabad district) and Palvancha and Kothagudem divisions (Khammam) till the elections but it would not be allowed to hinder relief work.

    The Commissioner said fresh elections in the rain-hit 24 gram panchayats in Kangti and Narayankhed mandals (Medak) and 11 in Kollur and Bhattiprolu mandals (Guntur) would be held on August 9. Elections to 239 panchayats in the Nirmal division, 24 panchayats in Amalapuram division (East Godavari), eight in West Godavari and five in Srikakulam would be held on August 10.

    Staggered dates

    Elections to 14 panchayats in Gandhari mandal (Nizamabad) and one in Bejjanki mandal (Karimnagar) would be conducted on August 11. Gudem panchayat in Bejjur mandal( (Adilabad) would go to the polls on August 21, while dates of elections in 262 panchayats in the Kothagudem and Palvancha divisions had not been decided.