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

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(Eds: Adds details, changes day in headline, intro, para 3) Kolkata, Feb 22 (PTI) Deputy Election Commissioner and in-charge of West Bengal, Sudeep Jain, will be visiting the state on Thursday 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 arrive on Thursday 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 different departments, mainly in the administration and the police, the official said.

'There have been several reshuffles 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 will be meeting Divisional Commissioners, district election officers, zonal IGs, DIGs, SPs, CPs of all the districts on Thursday, the official 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.

The official said that Jain would submit a report to the Election Commission after his visit.

Meanwhile, the ECI on Monday formed a three-member committee to oversee the deployment of the central forces in the state, an official said.

The committee will comprise the CEO, ADG (Law and Order) who is the nodal officer of the state police, and the state coordinator of the central forces deployed here, he said.

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