Staff Reporter

DHARMAPURI: Pattali Makkal Katchi has asked the Election Commission of India to revoke the transfer orders given to government employees after the announcement of election in Pennagaram.

T. Velmurugan, MLA representing Panruti, and PMK in-charge of Pennagaram election wrote a letter in this connection to the Chief Election Officer Naresh Gupta on Wednesday.

Mr. Velmurugan alleged that the hundreds of teachers, police personnel, transport employees, village administrative officers, PAC officials and other government employees, who were relatives of the PMK cadres, had been transferred to far-off districts with the alleged connivance of the State Food Minister E.V. Velu.

The Minister, using his official position, identified the relatives of PMK functionaries, especially Vanniyars, and got them transferred.

Teachers and officials were issued transfer orders with the dates prior to the announcement of the by-elections during January.

Mr. Velumurugan in his letter alleged that six teachers were issued transfer orders by the state officials from the education department on January 12, 2010, flouting the government rules with regard to transfer.

All the teachers approached the Madras High Court and got a stay order, even then they were not given postings, he said.

In addition to this, he also alleged that the Minister in-charge of Pennagaram by-election and the then State Minister T.M. Selvaganapathy are responsible for transferring officials from the Primary Cooperative Societies.

He urged Mr. Gupta to revoke the transfer orders issued to the teachers and other employees after the announcement of elections and take appropriate action against the officials responsible for the transfers.

Keeping all these this things in mind, Election Commission of India should strive to conduct free and fair elections by appointing Central Government officials as presiding officers and polling booth officials. Also, the elections should be conducted with the help of Central Industrial Security Force in Pennagaram.