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Thursday, March 27, 2014

Central govt offices to remain closed on poll days

Central govt offices to remain closed on poll days


New Delhi: All central government offices, coming under the area where upcoming Lok Sabha and Assembly elections are scheduled to be held, will remain closed on the polling day.

 “The relevant offices or organisations shall remain closed on the day of poll in the notified areas where general elections to the Lok Sabha and State Legislative
Assembly are scheduled to be conducted,” the Ministry of Personnel said in its order F.NO. 12/7/2014-JCA 2 dated March 21, 2014. The nine-phased Lok Sabha polls begin on April 7.

Assembly elections in Andhra Pradesh, Odisha and Sikkim besides by-elections for Assembly seats in some states will be held along with the Lok Sabha polls. In connection with the bye-elections, the order said only such of the employees who are bonafide voters in the relevant constituency should be granted special casual leave on the day of polling.

“Special casual leave may also be granted to an employee who are ordinarily a resident of constituency and registered as voters but employed in any central government organisation, industrial establishment located outside the constituency having general or bye-election,” said the order issued to all state governments and central government departments.

Source: the Economic Times


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