EC official in Bengal on Friday, likely to issue guideline for central forces deployment

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Kolkata, Feb 22 (PTI) Deputy Election Commissioner Sudip Jain, who is in charge of West Bengal, will be visiting the state on Friday to oversee the preparedness for the upcoming assembly elections, officials said.

During his visit, Jain is scheduled to hold meetings with district magistrates, police superintendents and other senior officials of the state, they said.

'Mr Jain is scheduled to come this Friday to have a look at the overall preparedness for the assembly elections.

He will also take stock of the law and order situation in the state. The district administrations have been asked to prepare PowerPoint presentations on their preparations for the elections,' a poll panel official told PTI on Monday.

Jain may also meet officers transferred to the different departments, mainly in the administration and the police, during his visit to West Bengal, the official said.

'There have been several shuffles in the administration as well as in the police departments recently.

Mr Jain may meet them as well as ADG (Law and Order), senior police officers, and the Chief Secretary and Home Secretary,' he said.

Jain may also seek a report on the deployment of the central forces in different districts, he said.

'He may chalk out a guideline on the deployment of the central forces,' the official said.

The EC official might also be holding meetings with senior officers of the central government here, he added.

Though the duration of the trip could not be known immediately, the official said that Jain would submit a report to the Election Commission following his visit.

Elections to the 294-member West Bengal assembly are likely in April-May. PTI SCH SOM SOM