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EC responds to Prithviraj Chavan’s allegations, says ‘BJP-linked’ agency was chosen by DGIPR | India Information

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NEW DELHI: The Election Fee on Thursday responded to considerations raised by Congress chief Prithviraj Chavan relating to a “BJP-linked” agency being engaged for voter consciousness marketing campaign throughout 2019 Maharashtra meeting ballot, by citing the factual place that the […]

NEW DELHI: The Election Fee on Thursday responded to considerations raised by Congress chief Prithviraj Chavan relating to a “BJP-linked” agency being engaged for voter consciousness marketing campaign throughout 2019 Maharashtra meeting ballot, by citing the factual place that the involved agency, Signpost, was chosen by Director Basic of Data and Public Relations (DGIPR), a state authorities physique, on the premise of its monetary provide and high quality of their presentation through the tendering course of and previous efficiency. This was after the Maharashtra CEO workplace approached DGIPR to interact an appropriate company for its voter consciousness marketing campaign.
EC, citing a factual report acquired from the Maharashtra CEO, instructed Chavan that DGIPR, which is authorised to shortlist and choose businesses for publicity by all authorities departments, had floated an e-tender and acquired on-line responses from empanelled businesses for Vidhan Sabha elections 2019. Signpost, it stated, was empanelled on the premise of its previous work and after verifying its credentials. Additionally, the background of the corporate and its profile have been checked as per phrases of the tender paperwork. The company claims it employs 500 individuals with nationwide presence and operates below skilled administrators.
“In mild of the aforesaid info, query of impartial examine of empanelled or chosen company by DGIPR didn’t come up since there have been no particular complaints throughout Lok Sabha elections or Vidhan Sabha elections after that,” stated EC in its reply to Chavan.
On Signpost being chosen below “political strain”, EC stated its providers have been requisited via DGIPR as per set norms and procedures. “In any case, except a particular criticism is acquired within the Fee, no cognisance will be taken,” stated the Fee.
EC added that engagement of Signpost by the Workplace of CEO was solely for functions of voters’ consciousness marketing campaign. Ruling out any sharing of information, EC stated it has laid down stringent protocol for guaranteeing privateness of electors’ knowledge.
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