S. Sangeetha, assistant commissioner, land reforms, Tiruchi, has bagged the Election Commission of India's national award for ‘Best Electoral Practices'. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam, former president, presented the award to Ms. Sangeetha during the National Voters Day celebrations organised by the Election Commission of India in New Delhi on Wednesday. S. Y. Quraishi, Chief Election Commissioner, H. S. Brahma and V. S. Sampath, both Election Commissioners, were present.
The award was presented to Ms. Sangeetha for ‘expenditure monitoring and tackling money power' during the last Assembly elections in April 2011. The prestigious award, the first to be received by a Tamil Nadu government official, carries a cheque for Rs.50,000, a plaque, and citation.
The award for Ms. Sangeetha was in recognition of her impartial action for ensuring a free and fair poll during the last Assembly elections in the State.
As the then returning officer of the Tiruchi West Assembly constituency, she quickly acted upon a vital clue, and effected the seizure of over Rs. 5.1 crore from atop a private bus parked at Ponnagar in Tiruchi city in the run-up to the elections in April 2011.
This was the second prestigious award bagged by Ms. Sangeetha for her bravery and exemplary courage during the Assembly elections. The State government, during the last Independence Day celebration, honoured her with the Kalpana Chawla Award for courage and daring enterprise.