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Cell to track VIP canvass visits

At the first meeting between the administration and representatives of political parties, East Singhbhum deputy commissioner (DC) Amitabh Kaushal on Thursday spoke on the EC’s guidelines on the Lok Sabha election for Jamshedpur seat slated for polls on April 17.

DC Kaushal told the gathering about a special cell to tackle visits of VIPs for campaigning.

All political parties will need to keep the special cell headed by ASP (operations) Shailendra Prasad Burnwal about VIP itinerary in the district soon for advance security arrangements.

“Political parties will need to inform the cell at least a week in advance about the visit of senior leaders for helicopter campaigns. The administration will give permission for a helipad after getting a nod from the state aviation department and the directorate general of civil aviation,” DC Kaushal said.

Ten representatives of political parties were asked to appoint liaison officers to coordinate with district administration over model code of conduct and safety norms.

Party representative were told to comply to noise pollution (regulation and control) rules. Parties can use only box-type sound amplifiers. No public amplifier will be allowed to play after 10pm.

The administration will also resort to first-come, first-serve basis as far as booking grounds and venues went, parties were told.

They were also reminded about strict EC norms on expenditure management

The next such meeting will be held on March 9.

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