Vikash Sharma

A joint task force of the Election Commission of India (ECI), India Meteorological Department (IMD), NDMA and the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare will review the impact of heat wave and humidity, five days before each polling phase.

The decision was taken at a high-level meeting of the ECI, IMD and other stakeholders on Monday.

IMD DG today informed Election Commission that there is no major concern with regard to heatwave for phase 2 of the General Elections scheduled on 26th of this month. The weather forecast is normal for the 13 States/UTs going for polls in Phase 2.

Decisions Taken At The Meeting:

A task force comprising officials from ECI, IMD, NDMA and Ministry of Health & Family Welfare will review the impact of heat wave and humidity, five days before each polling phase for any concerning developments and mitigatory measures, if necessary.

Commission directed MoHFW to issue necessary instructions to health authorities in states to prepare for and extend assistance in case of heatwave conditions affecting election operations.

The Commission will hold a separate a review with State CEOs to ensure adequate arrangements at polling stations including shamiyana, drinking water, fans, and other assured minimum facilities, etc. as per its existing advisory dated March 16, 2024.

IEC (Information, Education and Communication) activities shall be carried out amongst the public for precautionary measures (Do’s & Don’ts) to mitigate the heat wave impact in polling station areas.

(With PIB Inputs)

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