Woman cites health to skip poll duty, may get early retirement
Gurvinder, who is due to retire in about 18 months was deployed as polling officer for the Lok Sabha elections on May 19.Updated: May 10, 2019 17:36 IST
Kharar SDM has written to the department concerned recommending voluntary retirement to a woman employee of Verka Milk Plant, Mohali, who had sought exemption from election duty citing health issues.
Gurvinder Kaur,56, working as a junior assistant with the plant in Phase 6, Mohali, had moved a request with the assistant returning officer-cum-sub divisional magistrate (SDM), Kharar, Vinod Kumar Bansal, to exempt her from election duty. “The woman is not capable of doing government job (on health grounds),” said Bansal, while writing to the district election officer and Verka Milk Plant general manager, recommending voluntary retirement for her.
Gurvinder, who is due to retire in about 18 months was deployed as polling officer for the Lok Sabha elections on May 19. She sought exemption from the duty citing “health issues” and listed her ailments — cancer, diabetes, high blood pressure, poor vision, hard of hearing and was operated for tumour.
After getting her application that had photocopies of medical reports attached, the SDM called Gurvinder for a personal hearing.
Bansal said, “I have granted her exemption from election duty. But looking at her ailments, she is unfit to perform any duty, thus recommended voluntary retirement.”
He said, “The kind of ailments she has, instead of slogging at work, she should rather rest. She is due to retire and even if she is given voluntary retirement, she will be entitled to all retirement benefits.”
“The case is being forwarded to the appointing authority to take appropriate action,” said Gurpreet Kaur Sapra, deputy commissioner-cum-district election officer, Mohali.
Reluctant to do poll duty, government employees are coming up with all sorts of excuses in their applications for exemption. She said, “If a person is attending regular office but uses ailments as excuse to seek exemption from election duty, in such cases, I have asked all the AROs to bring these cases to the knowledge of appointing authority and suggesting action. Appointing authority has to take action.”