In a slew of initiatives, it also directed the authorities to inform it about hiring of chartered planes by political parties and their movement schedules. The meeting also extensively discussed ways to cut flow of black money in the run up to the election. The Air Traffic Control (ATC) has been instructed to inform Delhi's Chief Electoral Officer and District Election Officer concerned about the travel plan of charted aircrafts or helicopters half an hour in advance. 700 IRS officers to be deployed for vigil (Agencies)
The enforcement agencies like Delhi Police and Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) will specially focus on movement of cash above Rs 10 lakh or bullion above 1 kg through Delhi airports.
"In case of such detections, the security agencies will have to immediately inform the Income Tax department, which in turn, will make necessary verifications.
"And in case of unsatisfactory replies, cash and bullions will be seized and necessary legal action will be initiated," said Chief Nodal Officer Ankur Garg.
Politicians, who have been availing the facility of using their vehicles for going right up to aircraft and exempted from safety checks of their baggage, will now have to get them checked by security personnel.
"All baggage, including hand baggage of persons and passengers, who are not exempted under Rules but permitted to avail the facility of vehicle for going up to aircraft, shall also be screened by CISF and State police," said Garg.
The DEC on Thursday held a high level meeting with officials from Customs, Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS), Airports Authority of India, Delhi Police, CISF and private carrier operators among others to finalize standard operating procedures ahead of Lok Sabha polls.
"Moreover, the ATC will have to keep records of such charted aircrafts or helicopters landing and taking off from commercial airports, time of landing and takeoff, names and number of passengers and route plans among others and provide the information to CEO and DEO within three days and to expenditure observers for making necessary note," said Garg.
For those air strips and helipads, which fall in remote areas and do not come under commercial category, the flying squads of police have been authorized to carry out screening of baggage, except of hand held purse of a woman, coming out of the aircraft.
"Any unauthorized arms, contraband goods, cash exceeding Rs 50,000 belonging to any candidate and agent or party functionary will be investigated and considered for seizure in case of unsatisfactory explanations," Garg said, adding that no frisking of passengers will done unless there is any specific intelligence inputs.
For landing of helicopters at remote areas, the candidate or party member will have to inform the DEO concerned 24 hours in advance mentioning details of the travel for adequate safety and security measure to be made.
In addition to that, every candidate will have to also inform the returning officer within five days of landing of aircraft and helicopter about the hiring charges.
Enforcement agencies CISF, Delhi Police and Income Tax department will videograph all actions related to detection or seizure of goods and cash at the airports.
In another category, where charted aircrafts are taking off from a private strip but landing at Delhi commercial airports, security personnel have been instructed to check their baggage at random basis.
"Till now no such provisions were there and during last assembly election, Delhi CEO office had given this suggestion," said Garg.
New Delhi: 700 IRS officers would be deployed by the Election Commission as observers in 'expenditure sensitive' constituencies during the Lok Sabha polls.
The EC has asked the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) and the Central Board of Excise and Customs to finalize the names of suitable officials and send to it for final deployment.
The final briefing of these officials will take place this week in Delhi where they will be told about their authority and role in the elections, both for countrywide Lok Sabha seats and for the state Legislative Assemblies of Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim and Odisha.
Sources said the officers will be posted as 'Election Expenditure Observers' in various constituencies and Assembly segments and they will supervise anti-blackmoney procedures being conducted by the EC appointed flying squads and monitoring teams.
The EC has formulated a number of measures for curbing the use of illegal money power and luring of voters in the run up to the polls, the first voting day of the polls being April 7.
The EC, sources said, will formally allot the Indian Revenue Service (IRS) officers their respective constituencies in the next few days and observers for all these seats will start touring their respective areas soon.
The I-T department has pooled in and compiled a list of its officers from its various wings of tax collection, TDS, investigations and others to be sent on deputation to the EC for this task while the Customs will also depute a team of senior officials from its various formations.
"The officials will remain with the EC for some more time after the results are announced on May 16 after the final expenditure reports would be finalised," a senior official said.
In a slew of initiatives, it also directed the authorities to inform it about hiring of chartered planes by political parties and their movement schedules.
The meeting also extensively discussed ways to cut flow of black money in the run up to the election. The Air Traffic Control (ATC) has been instructed to inform Delhi's Chief Electoral Officer and District Election Officer concerned about the travel plan of charted aircrafts or helicopters half an hour in advance.
700 IRS officers to be deployed for vigil