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Exit polls curbed, Bill to ensure job quota

The Union Cabinet has approved a ban on publicising results of exit polls till the last poll in an election is over, reports HT Political Bureau.

india Updated: Oct 09, 2008 02:19 IST
HT Political Bureau

The Union Cabinet has approved a ban on publicising results of exit polls till the last poll in an election is over.

“Restriction on telecasting exit polls will enable voters to exercise their right to vote without being influenced by the projection of telecast after one phase of voting,” an official statement said.

Opinion polls, however, will not be covered by the restriction, which will be effected through an amendment in the Representation of the People Act, 1951.

HT had reported that the Law Ministry proposal to ban publication of exit poll results till polling was complete, was backed by most parties. The I&B Ministry, meanwhile, asked for the restriction to cover all forms of electronic media.

Job quota
The Cabinet also approved a bill to penalise officers and offices who do not implement reservation for SCs and STs in government jobs.

Finance Minister P. Chidambaram said the bill would replace the 2004 bill for reservations for SCs, STs, and OBCs that had been sent to a Parliamentary Standing Committee. The 2004 bill will be withdrawn by the government.

Farmers rehab
The Cabinet has extended the rehabilitation package for “suicide-prone districts” in Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala and Maharashtra till September 2011.

Chidambaram said the package covers 31 districts across the four states. The package, that had been announced in September 2006, involving an outlay of Rs 16,978 crore, comprising Rs 10,579 crore as subsidy and Rs 6,399 crore as loan, was to be implemented for a period of three years and is now being extended.