Pulwama: District Panchayat Election Officer (DPEO) Pulwama, Dr Raghav Langer, has placed two employees under suspension for their unauthorised absence from attending election 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 and not replying to the show-cause notices issued earlier.
The order also reads that omission on the part of teachers constitutes misconduct and is a blatant violation of J&K Panchayati Raj Act, 1989, and Conduct of Elections Rules, 1961.
Deputy Panchayat Election Officer has been appointed to conduct an enquiry and panel action in the matter and shall furnish his recommendations within one week for initiating disciplinary action against the erring teachers.
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 be invoked for initiating punitive action against election-related violations in future. KNO