CEO reviews monitoring of election expenditure

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Imphal: Chief Electoral Officer, Manipur took a Review-Meeting on Monday at CEO’s office, Lamphel with all agencies and departments involved in Election Expenditure Monitoring on the steps taken up by them for the ensuing elections to Legislative Assembly of Manipur.

The departments and agencies that attended the meeting include income tax department, excise department, state taxation, CBIC (Central Board of indirect taxes and Customs) and DRI (Directorate of Revenue Intelligence), NCB (Narcotics Control Bureau), SLBC (State Level Banking Convener) and RBI, ED (Enforcement Directorate), (viii) CISF, AAI (Airport Authority of India) and BCAS (Bureau of Civil Aviation Security), Posts and BSF.

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The meeting was held in line with the inputs and advice given by the Election Commission of India in the meeting held on February 8 with the above agencies and departments. The importance of stepping up action on enforcement in the coming two weeks was stressed upon all agencies and departments by CEO as distribution of cash, liquor, freebies etc. is expected to increase during this period.

“The income tax department was instructed to analyse and investigate sources of funding of substantial seizures reported by other agencies or departments to enable booking or conviction of involved individuals or parties,” the Manipur CEO said.

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Excise department was informed to intensify raids and seizures of liquor in the State by strengthening check-points at border areas, storage locations and sensitive points.

The state taxation department was instructed to increase monitoring of E-way bill checking, identify distribution of freebies by analysing upsurge in demand of items in the coming days and to work in co-ordination with the central GST officials in the state. The CBIC and DRI officials discussed about sharing of information and monitoring on transportation of items into the state through the international border. They were directed to co-ordinate with customs authorities also.

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Regarding drugs and narcotics, the NCB and state police were instructed to intensify efforts for destruction of poppy-cultivation and to file F.I.Rs against involved citizens of the area where such cultivation occurs.

The SLBC officials were instructed to enforce submission of reports of suspicious transactions regularly to the DEOs and income tax officials.

The CISF, AAI and BCAS officials were informed about sharing of information and intelligence about arrival of passengers and baggage via scheduled flights, chartered flights, helicopters etc. among the various agencies and departments and flying squads of DEOs to enable seizure of any illicit, illegal items etc.

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