The Election Commission of India (ECI) on Thursday asked the Central government not to conduct any activities related to the proposed ‘Viksit Bharat Sankalp Yatra’ in the five election-bound states and Nagaland’s Tapi constituency till December 5 as provisions of the Model Code of Conduct (MCC) are in place.
In a letter to Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba, the poll body said that it has been brought to its notice that a letter has been circulated to the ministries for the nomination of senior officers as “District Rath Praharis” as special officers for the yatra, starting from November 20. ‘Viksit Bharat Sankalp Yatra’ is a mega outreach programme on schemes and initiatives by the government.
In the letter, the poll body said that it has been brought to its notice that a letter has been circulated to the Ministries for the nomination of senior officers as “District Rath Praharis” as special officers for the proposed ‘Viksit Bharat Sankalp Yatra’ starting from November 20.
The ECI has announced the schedule for assembly elections in Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Mizoram, Rajasthan, and Telangana along with a bye-election in the Tapi Assembly in Nagaland on October 9.
“The provisions of the Model Code of Conduct for the guidance of political parties and candidates have come into force from the date of announcement tentatively till 5 December 2023. In view of the foregoing, the Commission has directed that the aforesaid activities should not be taken in the constituencies where Model Code of Conduct is in force up till 5th December 2023,” the ECI wrote.
The ‘Viksit Bharat Sankalp Yatra’ will be flagged off by Prime Minister Narendra Modi from Khunti in Jharkhand next month. It will be flagged off on the birth anniversary of freedom fighter Birsa Munda which is celebrated as Janajatiya Gaurav Divas on November 15. It will go on until January 25.
It is aimed at the vulnerable group who are eligible for benefits under various government schemes but were yet to receive any.