SEC seeks report on Harischandra Yojana

Published: 18th August 2013 01:31 PM  |   Last Updated: 18th August 2013 01:31 PM   |  A+A-

The State Election Commission (SEC) on Saturday asked Puri Collector to submit a report on the launch of Harischandra Yojana at Swargadwar in Puri in apparent violation of the model code of conduct for Urban Local Body (ULB) elections.

Under the scheme, the State Government will provide financial assistance for cremation of dead bodies to the kin of economically backward and BPL families.

Though the scheme was launched by the State before the municipal polls were announced, the SEC had made it clear that any physical delivery of new schemes cannot take place till the model code of conduct is in force.

Taking cognisance of reports of the launch of the scheme in Puri on Independence Day, Secretary to the Commission Dukhishyam Satpathy has shot off a letter to Puri Collector Naba Kishore Nayak.

Nayak has been asked him to furnish details on the date and time of launch of the scheme, source of funding and if any public ceremony was held to kick it off and the attendees.

The Collector has also been asked to elaborate if the apparent violation of poll code was made with his approval and in his presence.

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