EC hires 'eyes' at airports, I-T sleuths to track cash spending in elections [DNA : Daily News & Analysis (India)]
(DNA : Daily News & Analysis (India) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) "The election department has hired the services of sleuths with the Income Tax department and has installed Air Intelligence Units at major airports in state to track down circulation of black money in the Assembly elections. In directions issued to curb the usage of black money in polls, the state election department has directed the Income Tax (IT) department to monitor the movement of cash spending across state.
Adhering to Commission's call, the department has come up with two Verification Cells each in all 33 districts across the state. Each cell has one officer and two inspectors from the IT department. These verification cells will closely monitor the movement of unaccounted cash and bullion within their jurisdiction.
The department would also be keeping a close eye on the airports. To keep vigil on the transportation of black money, three Air Intelligence Units have been established at major airports of the state including Jaipur, Jodhpur and Udaipur. The teams of Income-Tax department will keep a close watch on movement of cash and bullion at these Airports round the clock, officials said.
The department has also sought help from the Railway Protection Force (RPF) to keep a watch on the transportation of cash amounting to Rs10 lakh or more and gold bullion and jewellery weighing 1 kg or more through trains during the election period.
The election department has directed the District Electoral Officers (DEOs) to keep tab on withdrawal of cash exceeding Rs10 lakh or more from any bank in their jurisdiction.
A state level 24-hour control room has also been established at the Income-Tax department headquarters in city. A toll-free number (1800-180-6784) has also been opened up on which general public can give information related to movement of black money during election period.
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