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From: Pvchr <email@example.com>
Date: Sun, 30 Mar 2014 17:47:55 +0530
Subject: denial of holiday to the officials who perform election duty
To: "firstname.lastname@example.org" <email@example.com>
Cc: Lenin Raghuvanshi <firstname.lastname@example.org>, email@example.com, "firstname.lastname@example.org" <email@example.com>
The Chief Election Commissioner
I want to bring in your attention towards the issue of
DENIAL OF HOLIDAY TO THE OFFICIALS WHO PERFORM ELECTION DUTY WHO NORMALLY REACH HOME IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT AFTER DEPOSITING BALLOT MACHINES. I FEEL THEY DESERVE NEXT DAY AS HOLIDAY. ENTIRE NATION GETS HOLIDAY ON ELECTION DAY EXCEPT THOSE WHO PERFORM ELECTION DUTY.
Three issues need to be flagged here. One, if you are well connected, you can skip the rigorous election duty. There is no established protocol to explain who has to be a part of this missionary responsibility. Second, is the issue of adequate remuneration. Those who have been part of a door to door action in July, 2012 electoral revision process have not been paid yet in Delhi. They wait for years. No incentive is given during the electoral training period, not even the travel. On election day, on an average each person on poll duty works for 18 hours. Most of them leave home at 4.30am to be at the booth by 6.00am so that due processes are carried out on time . What they get is actually less than what they or their family spend on them. Finally, the following day of election should be declared as a mandatory holiday for those govt employees who performed electoral duty.
Therefore it is a kind request to take appropriate action in this issue.
People's Vigilance Committee on Human Rights
Sa 4/2 A Daulatpur, Varanasi