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After Allahabad HC's Notice To SEC, UP Govt. Announces 30 Lakh Compensation For Families Of Polling Officers Who Succumbed To Covid-19

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7 May 2021 5:35 PM GMT
After Allahabad HCs Notice To SEC, UP Govt. Announces 30 Lakh Compensation For Families Of Polling Officers Who Succumbed To Covid-19
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Days after the Allahabad High Court took cognizance of alleged death of 135 polling officers in the State due to Covid-19, the UP Government has announced compensation of Rs.30,00,000/- for their bereaved families. "State Government had decided to give compensation of Rs.30,00,000/- to the family members of the deceased polling officers," the State Government informed a Division...

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Days after the Allahabad High Court took cognizance of alleged death of 135 polling officers in the State due to Covid-19, the UP Government has announced compensation of Rs.30,00,000/- for their bereaved families.

"State Government had decided to give compensation of Rs.30,00,000/- to the family members of the deceased polling officers," the State Government informed a Division Bench comprising of Justices Siddhartha Varma and Ajit Kumar.

The High Court had taken judicial notice of death of 135 Teachers, Shiksha Mitras and Investigators, who succumbed to Covid-19 after being posted on election duty during the recent phases of Panchayat elections.

Breaking: Allahabad High Court Issues Show Cause Notice To State Election Commission Over Death Of 135 Panchayat Election Duty Staff Due To Covid19

"It appears that neither the police nor, Election Commission did anything to save the people on election duty from getting infected by this deadly virus," the High Court had observed while issuing notice to the UP State Election Commission, Lucknow.

On Friday, SEC's counsel Tarun Agrawal informed the Court that so far, 77 deaths have been reported from 28 districts and sought a week's time to come up with reports from other districts.

He also sought time to file response regarding the role of State Election Commission in conducting elections, more particularly during the pandemic.

In its previous order, the High Court had sought CCTV footage of the designated counting areas to see if Covid protocols were followed.

Today, the State Election Commission produced certain photographs of the counting centres and some of the CCTV clips. It further submitted that reports from majority of the Nodal Officers were still awaited.

The matter is now kept for hearing on May 11.

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