Over 680 employees —who did not turn up for the training programme despite being summoned for civic election duty — could face stern action ranging from loss of increment to imprisonment.
More than 42,000 employees, from the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), various departments of state government and non-teaching staff from aided and non-aided schools have been assigned the voting process-related work. The civic election department had organised training on operating the electronic voting machine (EVM), sealing it and counting votes in two phases from January 30 to February 10.
In the first phase, the civic assessment department trained about 50 senior officials and they trained their staff.
While 230 absentees are from the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation, others are from state and private schools. The civic authority has decided to stop one increment of its employees who did not turn up for the election-related training programme. The non-BMC employees will be prosecuted and may face imprisonment for a maximum term of two years and fine.
SS Shinde, joint municipal commissioner (election), said: “Action will be taken against employees who did not turn up for the training programme under provisions of the Representation of People Act.”
“As it is a national duty, they cannot miss it. They will have to face action,” said a senior official from the BMC election department.
The civic polls will take place on February 16 and the counting will be held on the following day.