EC modifies procedures for cash seizure
The Election Commission has made several modifications to Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) on cash seizures for smooth Election Expenditure Monitoring during election process in Gujarat.
Anita Karwal, Chief Election Officer, Gujarat, today clarified that these modifications are done as a response to various representation made by traders' Associations/chambers in Gujarat mentioning hardships being caused to the small time traders, farmers and citizens due to checking and seizure of cash by the Flying Squads and Static Surveillance Teams during the election process in the state.
Ms Karwal said the Commission has made for compliance till further orders for smooth monitoring. Accordingly, in case of interception of cash by FS/SST, found with farmers carrying sale proceeds of agricultural produce sold at 'KrishiMandi', APMC, Cooperatives, the Mandi or Cooperative Society receipts/vouchers with proper date produced by the farmers shall be considered as proof enough of sale and no seizure shall be effected irrespective of the amount, if the person produces a self attested copy of such receipt for sale proceeds along with proof of agriculture land held, and a declaration in format.
She also clarified that in case of cash exceeding Rs 2,50,000 being carried for the purchase of new machine, tractor. by farmers during election process, no seizure will be effected, if the person produces documents like quotations from the dealer, proof of agricultural land held and declaration in the format as proof of the end use.