ECI gives approval to cases held back earlier

Chandigarh: The Election Commission of India has given its go ahead to a number of cases which it had asked to be held back in view of the enforcement of the model code of conduct prior to the Punjab Assembly elections.

The ECI has given its nod to the Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), Ludhiana, to issue an advertisement for filling of vacant posts of various categories, including administrative, scientific and teaching/non-teaching, a State Election Department spokesperson said here today.

The ECI has also given its approval for the recruitment process by Subordinate Service (SS) Selection Board.

BJP MP Avinash Rai Khanna has also been allowed by the ECI to distribute cheques for the development works in different villages of his Hoshiarpur constituency out of his discretionary funds.

Khanna, a Congress candidate from Dhuri and the Chairman, Umeed Foundation, an NGO has also been allowed by the ECI to have his own photographs on the vans engaged by the Foundation, the spokesperson said.

Implementation/extension of Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojna to the labourers and construction workers/ street vendors under Local Bodies and Labor departments, has also been allowed by the Commission.

The filling of 529 vacant posts of different categories in the department of Agriculture, which were taken out of the purview of the PPSC and the SS Board, through a written test conducted by the PAU, Ludhiana, have also been approved.

Appointments of 25 ex-servicemen to various posts and one supervisor in Punjab State Ex-Servicemen Corporation on contract basis have also been approved. The ECI has also given its concurrence to appoint the Chairman of the Board of Governors of Giani Zail Singh College of Engineering and Technology Bathinda.

The Commission also gave its nod to issue the appointment letters to three veterinary doctors, which could not be given earlier because of the imposition of the Code on December 24 last year. Meanwhile, the spokesperson said that the ECI has appointed 117 observers for counting of votes purposes.