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PTI guwahati India
Updated: 19-11-2018 20:17 IST

A medical board,

especially set up by the Hailakandi district administration,

has declared 9 of the 10 applicants fit who sought exemption

from election duty on health grounds for the rural polls

scheduled next month here, a top official said Monday.

The board has set up by Hailakandi Deputy Commissioner

Adil Khan, who is also the District Election Officer (DEO).

Khan said the special medical board is headed by Joint

Director, Health Services, Dr Abed Rasul Mazumder and

comprises doctors and specialists for health examination of

all government employees who sought exemption from duty due to


Panchayat polls in Hailakandi is scheduled on December

9 in the second phase along with nine other districts of


"Employees claiming sickness are being examined by a

board which is a continuous process. As far as election duty

is concerned, the medical board constituted for the purpose

will decide whether an employee is fit for election duty or

not," Khan said.

All officials who were declared fit by the medical

board would be deployed as poll personnel during the panchayat

election but, as of now, no other departmental action would be

initiated against them, he said.

Action would, however, be taken if the employees fail

to turn up, even after being declared physically fit by the

medical board, he added.

"Setting up of medical board will help to put brakes

on the sick leave applications spree, which I was receiving

from unwilling employees, wanting to skip election duty," he


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