Home Ministry briefs EC about force deployment for LS polls
The Home Ministry discussed with Election Commission the details about force deployment for conducting the upcoming Lok Sabha elections peacefully.Updated: Mar 09, 2009, 18:47 IST
The Home Ministry on Monday discussed with Election Commission the details about force deployment for conducting the upcoming Lok Sabha elections peacefully.
The Home Ministry team, led by Home Secretary Madhukar Gupta, discussed the requirement of Central Paramilitary forces for the 'hyper-sensitive', 'super-sensitive' and 'sensitive' booths, sources said.
During the meeting with Chief Election Commissioner N Gopalaswami and two commissioners Navin Chawla and S Y Quraishi, the vulnerability map was reviewed to plug loopholes, if any, they said.
This was for the third time since the last month that the Ministry briefed the EC in the run up to the general elections in April-May.
During the first two meetings, the Home Ministry had apprised the Commission of the availability of Central Paramilitary forces for the massive exercise after which the EC firmed up the poll schedule.
A total of 21 lakh security personnel would be deployed for the smooth conduct of five-phase Lok Sabha polls beginning April 16. Personnel of central police forces, state police forces, home guards and Railway Protection Force would be mobilised to guard over 8.28 lakh booths.