EC bans PDS bags sporting Vajpayee’s picture in HP

first_imgThe Election Commission on Sunday stopped the distribution of empty ration bags (carry bags) carrying a photo of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. The bags were being distributed free to PDS consumers via state government controlled fair price shops.”Henceforth, no bags will be issued to the consumers of PDS with a picture of any political leader, of whatever stature he or she is,” Chief Election Commissioner V.S. Sampath told reporters in Shimla on Sunday.He said that the action has been taken on the basis of a complaint that free bags sporting a picture of the former Prime Minister were being distributed in the state. The free cotton shopping bag scheme was launched on August 15 this year for 16 lakh ration card holders of the state.V.S. Sampath said that the EC had received a number of election related complaints from political parties. He also hinted at removal of retired officers, close to Prem Kumar Dhumal, who were given extensions in recent years.”Those who are sitting on certain sensitive posts and may try to influence the election process, appropriate action will be taken against them. The commission will also look into other complaints against officers with doubtful integrity posted in the districts,” V.S. Sampath said.Sampath, who was in Shimla to review election preparedness, said that a three-tier system has been put into place to check paid news. He said that the EC has also received complaints against the Shimla unit of Doordarshan that it is not working in an impartial manner.”We will take up the matter with the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting,”  he said.advertisementlast_img

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