Bank accounts of SHGs to be closely monitored: Collector

Bank accounts and transactions of all the self-help groups (SHGs) in the district are being closely monitored, Collector T. Soundiah said.

The initiative was taken up to prevent the political parties from distributing cash to the groups through the banks. “All transactions made in SHGs' bank accounts would be scrutinised. Stern action will be initiated if any violations are found,” the Collector said while participating at the second round of discussions held with the representatives of various political parties in the district on Tuesday evening.

The activities of the non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in the district are also brought under the scanner. Steps were taken to prevent the NGOs from distributing cash or gifts to the members of self-help groups and the general public, he said.

Discussing the poll arrangements being made in the district, Mr. Soundiah said the district administration had decided to shift 14 polling booths to safe locations. These booths are located in Erode East, Erode West, Perundurai, Gobichettipalayam and Modakurichi assembly segments.

“Some of the booths are functioning in old buildings and others are located in crowded areas. So we have decided to shift these booths to safe locations. We have requested permission from the Election Commission of India for the shifting,” the Collector said.

The Collector further said that the administration had received over 10,000 applications for inclusion of names in the photo electoral rolls. These applications would be verified and eligible voters would be included in the rolls. Steps would be initiated to provide the Identity Card to the newly-included voters quickly.

On election campaigning, the Collector advised the political parties to get consent letters from owners of private buildings in rural areas for writing poll graffiti. These letters should be submitted to the Returning Officer for approval. The observers appointed by the Election Commission of India for Erode district were expected to arrive on March 11, the Collector added.

Vehicle check

Meanwhile police have intensified patrolling in many parts of the district to prevent the political parties from violating the poll code. Vehicle checks are being held in all the parts of the district. Teams had been deputed to monitor the electioneering works. Instructions were given to inquire the individuals found carrying large amount of cash. Collector T. Soundiah and Superintendent of Police T. Jayachandran along with senior police officials inspected the vehicle check held at Solar and Thindal on Tuesday night.

  • 14 polling booths to be shifted to safe locations
  • Observers expected to arrive on Thursday