BMC in a quandary over poll code

Published: 17th August 2013 12:25 PM  |   Last Updated: 17th August 2013 12:25 PM   |  A+A-

The Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) has sought a clarification from the State Election Commission (SEC) about the celebration of Local Self Government Day in view of the model code of conduct imposed after declaration of  the urban local body (ULB) election in the State.

The BMC received a notification regarding the model code on August 12.

 The Local Self Government Day celebration on August 31 is the annual highlight for BMC to showcase its achievements. But, with the imposition of the model code, the day’s celebration may be subdued this year.

BMC Mayor, AN Jena said they have asked the State Election Commission for a clarification on the protocol that has to be followed for observing the Day.

Since a major part of the celebration includes inauguration of new projects, the corporation has asked if they are allowed to do so this year.

The officials and corporators are of the view that they will not be able to start any new developmental project in the City either.

SEC officials on the other hand clarified that no model code has been implemented for BMC.

Only the schemes related to special benefits for the municipal cadre employees or the population of the townships cannot be announced, an SEC official informed.

 The corporation can undertake projects and float fresh tenders for developmental work. But the schemes which will have an effect on other ULBs cannot be undertaken.

State Election Commission is expected to issue a final clarification on Saturday.

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