LokSabha 2019: Flying squads will probe complaints on cVigil app

ST CORRESPONDENT
Thursday, 14 March 2019

The officials said they will deploy all squads by March 18. The administration is also training the squads to use the mobile application and process the complaints. 

PUNE: The District Administration Department has started forming flying squads which will be deployed for taking action on complaints registered by people through the cVigil mobile application. The Android-based mobile application designed by the Election Commission of India will help voters register complaints related to the conduct of the Lok Sabha polls.

The officials said they will deploy all squads by March 18. The administration is also training the squads to use the mobile application and process the complaints. 

The app is available on Google Playstore. According to the district administration, citizens can lodge their complaints related to threatening voters, causing enmity between voters on caste and religious lines, character assassination of candidates, exhibition of banners, flags and boards on private premises, obstructing public meetings of candidates, use of weapons to threaten voters, liquor or cash distribution to voters and other acts which violate the Model Code of Conduct. People can login to the application through anonymous mode or share their mobile number as per their wish.

An official from the District Administration Department said people have started downloading the mobile application and are using it. “Currently we are getting minor complaints of exhibition of names on banners from some areas. By March 18 we will be set and will be promptly taking action on the complaints,” added the official.

The official said citizens can upload pictures or videos of their complaints which will be tracked through geo-tagging and will help the flying squads in identifying the location of the complaint.

“If the investigator finds the complaint is genuine he can take action and if the complaint is false the investigator will drop it. Suppose there is a display of banners and posters of a political party, then investigators can decide and take down the banners and if the complaint is a major one like distribution of cash, liquor or other gifts then the investigator will escalate the complaint to higher authorities,” the official said. 

“The flying squads also have police officials involved along with other government officials,” the official added.

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