COVID-19 during Panchayat polls in UP, govt comes up with new report

COVID-19 during Panchayat polls in UP, govt comes up with new report

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The Uttar Pradesh government has denied any COVID-19-related deaths of personnel employed during the Panchayat polls. As per the UP government, no deaths have occurred during the Panchayat polls due to COVID-19 infection. When these fatalities were investigated as per state’s COVID-19 guidelines, all of them were ruled out by the government as deaths due to coronavirus.

The suggestion came amid the demands of compensation raised by teachers’ unions which claimed that 1,621 teachers, educators and other departmental personnel who were on poll duty during the recently concluded panchayat elections in the State had died due to coronavirus.

Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, in a high-level meeting with senior officials, said usually the government acts in cases relating to deaths during elections as per the guidelines of the State Election Commission, but since these guidelines belong to the time when there was no pandemic, there is a need to relook into such cases sympathetically.

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