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Bank staff gets away with poll duty, reserve officials to fill in

Deepa Sharma Sood, Hindustan Times  Ludhiana, April 30, 2014
First Published: 12:51 IST(30/4/2014) | Last Updated: 12:54 IST(30/4/2014)

A day before polling, about 150 employees of Ludhiana Central Cooperative Bank got exemption from Lok Sabha elections’ duty, due to which district election commissioner had to depute reserve officials in their place.

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The bank staff were exempted from the duty following the directions of Punjab and Haryana high court.

Following this, deputy commissioner-cum-district election commissioner Rajat Agarwal deputed officers who were put in reserve on polling duty as presiding and assistant presiding officers.

Talking to Hindustan Times, Rajat Agarwal, said, “Just one day before polling, court has exempted more than 150 employees from poll duty. It is becoming difficult for us, as we had already trained them, and now training new officials will become tough at this hour.”

“Moreover, the employees, who have got exemption, are mostly presiding and assistant presiding officers. So, we are trying our best so that on the polling day everything goes well,” he said.

A 55-year-old woman, who works at the cooperative bank, requesting anonymity, said, “It is a big relieve for us, as the court has exempted us from duty. We moved the court requesting to exempt us from duties.”

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