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Conducting the forthcoming Panchayat elections in Odisha in a free and fair manner will be a unique challenge

Bhubaneswar:15/1/22:In In view of the surge in the number of Covid-19 cases in Odisha, conducting the forthcoming Panchayat elections in the State in a free and fair manner will be a unique challenge, said police DG Sunil Bansal on Saturday.

Bansal spoke in the aftermath of a virtual meeting with State Chief Election Commission Aditya Prasad Padhi and Chief Secretary Suresh Mohapatra convened to discuss the preparations for the smooth conduct of the forthcoming Panchayat polls. Among others, Collectors and SPs of all the districts also took part in the virtual meeting.

The forthcoming Panchayat elections in Odisha will be conducted amid strict enforcement of the election code of conduct and adherence to the Covid-19 guidelines, said Bansal.

“All kinds of arrangements are in place to conduct the elections across the State in a disciplined manner. Nodal officers will be appointed in all the districts to enforce the Covid-19 guidelines at all polling stations,” said the top police official.

“Considering the surge in the number of Covid-19 cases in Odisha, conducting the upcoming Panchayat elections will be a unique challenge for the State administration. Odisha police will ensure the conduct of a free, fair and neutral election,” said Bansal.

Earlier on January 11, State Election Commissioner Aditya Prasad Padhi had announced the dates for the three-tier Panchayat elections in Odisha to be held in five phases starting from February 16, 2022. As per the detailed schedule, the voting will be held on February 16, 18, 20, 22, and February 24, 2022. The polling will begin at 7 am and continue till 1 pm.

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Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.
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