Teachers of Rajkot district on Sunday started their duty as booth level officers (BLOs) for the ongoing electoral roll revision exercise of the Election Commission of India (EC) after local administration assured them of looking into their grievances. The teachers were demanding permission to do election work during school hours,which the district administration had refused citing EC guidelines.
Around 2,500 teachers of primary,secondary and higher secondary schools of the district gathered at the office of district collector on Sunday morning.
After discussions with deputy district election officer (DDEO) Ketan Thakkar and other officials,the teachers agreed to start their duty of sitting at designated booths and updating voters lists.
They have assured us of looking into our grievances in the next couple of days. So,we reported as BLOs in booths today from 10am to 1pm, said Dinesh Sadadiya,one of the representatives of the teachers.
The DDEO said they had sought teachers services in the exercise according to guidelines of the EC. We have assured them their grievances will be kept in mind during the next such exercise and that we shall write to the ECI on relevant matters, Thakkar said.
We shall order the authorities concerned to credit leave in account of teachers who were called for election duty during the recent bypolls. We shall also ensure teachers are assigned booths nearest to their residences, the DDEO said.
The roll-revision exercise started on June 23 and is scheduled to go on till July 21.
However,teachers have been opposing this as it hampered their teaching work in respective schools.