With the model code of conduct coming into force, several measures are being put in place to ensure it is not violated by political parties, candidates, bureaucrats and the media as well.
The code would mean no new projects/schemes can be announced by the government nor can they take up any approved projects. “Only those that are already being implemented can be continued. The code will not come in the way of beneficiary driven schemes, but no new beneficiaries can be added when the code is in place. Ministers cannot use their official cars for election purposes and vehicles can be used to commute between their residence and office only,” Joint Chief Electoral Office Jagadish told presspersons.
Further, he said the government cannot finalise or float fresh tenders, and no appointments or promotions can be effected either. “Ministers cannot call those officials involved in elections for the meeting,” he said.
According to Chief Electoral Officer Sanjiv Kumar, the commission has conveyed to the Chief Secretary that the model code of conduct is in place, and Deputy Commissioners have been directed to keep strict vigil over their violations. “As many as 1,361 teams have been formed to implement the code. There are 1,503 static surveillance teams, 1,542 flying squads and 1,097 check-posts to see that elections are held in free and fair manner. Violation of model code of conduct will be dealt with seriously,” he added.