Perform duties with devotion, honesty: Ludhiana DC to poll staff

Perform duties with devotion, honesty: Ludhiana DC to poll staff

Election staff attend the first training for poll duties at PAU School in Ludhiana on Sunday. Tribune photos: Himanshu Mahajan

Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 23

To prepare them for the conduct of the upcoming Vidhan Sabha elections, slated for February 20, the maiden training session of election staff was held at 14 different locations in the district here on Sunday.

Election staff attend the first training for poll duties at PAU School in Ludhiana on Sunday. Tribune photos: Himanshu Mahajan

District Election Officer (DEO)-cum-Deputy Commissioner (DC) Varinder Kumar Sharma visited the training venues and motivated the election staff to perform their duties with utmost devotion and honesty.

A man gets jabbed at a special camp for election staff

The first training of election staff was held at AS Modern Senior Secondary School in Khanna for Khanna; Government Senior Secondary School (Girls), Khanna Road, Samrala, for Samrala; Malwa Central College of Education for Women, Civil Lines, Ludhiana, for Sahnewal; SCD Government College in Ludhiana for Ludhiana (East); Examination Hall of Kundan Vidya Mandir, Civil Lines, Ludhiana, for Ludhiana (South); Auditorium Hall, New Building, Guru Nanak Dev Polytechnic College, Ludhiana, for Atam Nagar; Auditorium of Arya College, Civil Lines, Ludhiana, for Ludhiana (Central); Khalsa College for Women, Ghumar Mandi, Civil Lines, Ludhiana, for Ludhiana (West); Guru Nanak Public School, Sarabha Nagar, Ludhiana, for Ludhiana (North); SRS Government Polytechnic College for Women, Rishi Nagar, Ludhiana, for Gill; Guru Nanak National College, Doraha, for Payal; Government Senior Secondary School, PAU, Ludhiana, for Dakha; Swami Ganga Giri Senior Secondary School, Raikot, for Raikot; and the training of election staff was held at Lala Lajpat Rai, DAV College, Jagraon, for the Jagraon constituency.

DEO Varinder Sharma scans the QR code of the training programme.

While visiting the training venues at the Malwa Central College of Education for Women, SCD Government College and Khalsa College for Women here, the DC-cum-DEO said the officials put on election duty should feel proud that they have been tasked for such an important work. He said during today’s training the election staff was trained about the entire election process, their duties, handling of electronic voting machine (EVM), VVPAT, besides several other aspects related to the electioneering process.

He took a round of the halls where strong rooms for storing EVMs are being created. He also urged the election staff to get themselves vaccinated so that everyone stays safe from Covid. He said as per the directions of the Election Commission of India, the staff deputed on duty in the upcoming Vidhan Sabha elections can get the booster dose even if they have not completed nine months after the second dose. He said now such staff can get booster dose after 90 days of their second vaccination.

Sharma said special vaccination camps for all election staff, including teachers, government, bank and insurance sector empolyees, who have been deputed for election duty, were also organised at all training centres today.

He informed that three more such trainings would be organised in the coming days and said the staff deputed for election duty should focus on this important task, rather than finding a way to get exemption.

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