The district election officer (DEO) has recently released a list comprising rates of various items and services to be availed by the candidates contesting for the Amritsar Lok Sabha seat during the course of election.
In addition, the poll expenses of the candidates during the election will be calculated on the basis of the rates underlined in the list.
Even the rates have been fixed for all-time favourite snack — tea and ‘samosa’, which would cost Rs. 5 each.
While stating that it’s not easy to set a limit on the poll expenses of the candidates, Ravi Bhagat, district election officer-cum-deputy commissioner, said the rate list would offer a standardised rate of various items to be availed by the candidates during electioneering. “The poll expenses of the candidates will be calculated in accordance with the costs mentioned in the rate list,” he added.
As per the rate list issued by Bhagat, the hiring of a loudspeaker with amplifier and microphone would cost ` 500 for a wired mike and Rs. 2,500 to Rs. 3,500 for a system with wireless microphone.
The candidates in fray would have to shell out Rs. 1,000 per day for a tent — including chairs, tables, table covers and mats — besides construction of a podium with seating arrangements for at least five persons. An ordinary tent would cost Rs. 1.5 per square feet per day, while a water proof tent would cost ` 4.5 per square feet per day.
A normal cloth (fabric) banner measuring 2 feet X 6 feet would cost Rs. 120, while coloured one would cost ` 150. A cloth flag measuring 12 inch X 18 inch would cost between Rs. 6 and Rs. 8, while plastic flags measuring 6 inch X 9 inch would cost ` 120 per hundred, including those wired in a rope.
Notebook size black and white handbills measuring 9 inch X 12 inch would cost between Rs. 230 and Rs. 280; posters Rs. 10 per square feet (without frame); hoardings Rs. 9 per square feet (without frame); and Rs. 18 per square feet (with steel frame), cut-out (wooden) Rs. 250 per square feet; cut-out (cloth/ plastic) Rs. 25 to Rs. 35 per square feet; video cassettes with video camera
Rs 1,500 to Rs. 2,500 per day with one cassette (for extra cas sette Rs. 100 extra) and audio cassettes Rs. 50 per piece.
Similarly, for using a Bell 429 helicopter, a candidate will have to pay Rs. 1.6 lakh per hour; between Rs. 85,000 and Rs. 90,000 per hour for a Bell 407 helicopter; Rs. 2.5 lakhs per hour for Bell 412 and Dauphin helicopter, and
Rs 80,000 per hour for Bell 206-I, 4 helicopter. A 12.36% service extra tax would be applicable for all five.
“There are several anomalies in the rate list issued by the district election officer (DEO). There are a number of items, particularly the hoardings, the cost of which has not been mentioned correctly. The SAD has also given a representation to the DEO in this regard,” said Upkar Singh Sandhu, district head, Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD).
“The rate list issued by the DEO is fine, as it was finalised after consultation with various parties,” said district Congress