EC allows poll code relaxation in Maharashtra

ST CORRESPONDENT
Tuesday, 7 May 2019

The relaxation was made after Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis wrote to the EC on April 30 on the issue. Many parts of the State are reeling under the impact of severe drought and the administration is implementing various measures to help the people tide over this difficult situation.

MUMBAI: The Election Commission of India (ECI) has permitted relaxation of the Model Code of Conduct (MCC), which is in force since March 10 for the Lok Sabha polls, in Maharashtra to allow the State government to undertake drought relief measures.

The relaxation was made after Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis wrote to the EC on April 30 on the issue. Many parts of the State are reeling under the impact of severe drought and the administration is implementing various measures to help the people tide over this difficult situation.

However, with the poll code in force, the government was facing certain difficulties in implementing these measures to deal with the drought situation. 

Voting for the Lok Sabha elections for all the 48 seats in the State ended on April 29. On April 30, the Chief Minister had requested the EC to relax the Model Code of Conduct in the State so that these measures could be implemented more effectively and vigorously.

As the ECI has conveyed that the drought-related measures can be implemented, the cabinet ministers can now undertake their tours and visits to the drought-affected areas. The officers and employees, who are not involved in election work, can also participate.They can also conduct review meetings and direct the administration to implement the drought relief measures effectively.

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