Valley News Desk

DPEO Pulwama suspends two teachers for dereliction of election dut

Pulwama, Nov 15 (KNO): District Panchayat Election Officer (DPEO) Pulwama Dr Raghav Langer has placed two employees under suspension after they were found unauthorisedly absent from attending training sessions.

An order issued by District Election Office reads that two teachers Muhammad Ashraf Deva and Tariq Ahmad from Zone Pampore who were appointed as Polling Officers have been placed under suspension for not attending the election related training session besides not replying to the showcause notices issued earlier.

According to the news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO), the order also reads that ommission on the part of teachers constitutes misconduct and is a blatant violation J&K Panchayati Raj Act ,1989 and Conduct of Elections Rules 1961.

Deputy Panchayat Election Officer has been appointed to conduct enquiry and penal action in the matter and shall furnish his recommendations within one week for initiating disciplinary action against the erring officials.

District Panchayat Election Officer has clearly stated that strict penal action shall be taken against any laxity shown towards election related work.

He added that Chapter IXA of IPC may also invoked for initiating punitive action against election related violations in future—(KNO)