Voicing concern over the announcement of the direct cash-transfer scheme during the operation of model code of conduct, the Election Commission (EC) has directed the government to keep in abeyance its implementation in poll-bound Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh.
The three-member EC met under the chairmanship of Chief Election Commissioner V S Sampath and considered the government’s reply on the issue, following its query, and said the announcement was “avoidable” during the election process.
The commission expressed concern over the announcement and expected the Centre to avoid doing so during the operation of model code. “Taking into consideration the above chronology of milestones of the scheme, the commission is of the opinion that the aforesaid announcement was avoidable during the currency of the election process going by the letter and spirit of the model code of conduct,” the EC order said.(READY FOR ROLLOUT)
“The commission directs that all follow-up and consequential steps towards the implementation of the scheme in respect of the four districts in Gujarat and the two districts in Himachal Pradesh, which are proposed to be covered in the first phase of implementation of the scheme, shall be kept in abeyance till completion of the election process in these two states,” the order stated.