Odisha CEO Announces Rs 15 Lakh Ex-Gratia for Polling Officer Killed in Road Accident

Alekh Randhari, a polling officer, was killed in a road accident in Odisha's Nabarangpur district while on election duty. The state's Chief Electoral Officer announced an ex-gratia payment of Rs 15 lakh to Randhari's family.

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Odisha CEO Announces Rs 15 Lakh Ex-Gratia for Polling Officer Killed in Road Accident

Odisha CEO Announces Rs 15 Lakh Ex-Gratia for Polling Officer Killed in Road Accident

In a tragic incident on Saturday, Alekh Randhari, a government employee and polling officer, was killed in a road accident in Nabarangpur district, Odisha, while on election duty. Randhari, a class-IV employee of a government school and resident of Kakudi Semala village under Kosagumuda Block, was proceeding to his assigned booth, booth number 196 at Swami Vivekanand Vidya Mandir in Umerkote, when a speeding bike hit him from behind.

Why this matters: The incident highlights the risks and sacrifices made by election officials and personnel to ensure the democratic process, underscoring the need for improved safety measures and compensation for those who lose their lives in the line of duty. It also serves as a reminder of the importance of road safety and the need for stricter enforcement of traffic laws to prevent such accidents.

Randhari had gotten down from the bus along with the polling party and was on his way to the booth when the accident occurred. Locals rushed him to the Umerkote Sub-divisional hospital for treatment, but he succumbed to his injuries during treatment.

In response to the incident, Odisha Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) N B Dhal announced on Sunday an ex-gratia payment of Rs 15 lakh to Randhari's family. According to CEO Dhal, the ex-gratia payment is in accordance with the Election Commission of India (ECI) guidelines.

The incident occurred ahead of the dual elections scheduled to take place on Monday in Odisha. The state is gearing up for a violence-free election, with all preparations in place, according to DGP Arun Sarangi.

In a separate incident, a bus carrying polling personnel and Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) overturned near Pitatali in Ganjam district on Saturday. The bus was transporting 14 polling staff and EVM machines to Kharriaguda in Chikiti assembly segments. However, no one was injured, and the EVMs were reported to be safe. The accident occurred due to the driver's failure to negotiate a curve on the way, according to the police.

The tragic death of Alekh Randhari while on election duty serves as a somber reminder of the risks and challenges faced by those involved in the electoral process. As Odisha prepares for the dual elections on Monday, authorities remain committed to ensuring a peaceful and safe voting experience for all citizens.

Key Takeaways

  • Alekh Randhari, a polling officer, was killed in a road accident in Odisha while on election duty.
  • The incident highlights the risks and sacrifices made by election officials and personnel.
  • Odisha CEO announced an ex-gratia payment of Rs 15 lakh to Randhari's family.
  • A separate incident occurred where a bus carrying polling personnel and EVMs overturned, but no one was injured.
  • Authorities are committed to ensuring a peaceful and safe voting experience for all citizens.