Election Commission of India has picked up 18 IAS officers and 6 IPS officers of Bihar cadre to be election observers in the forthcoming assembly polls of Haryana and Maharashtra which are to be held next month. Also Read - Inspiring! Meerut Woman Who Left Home To Avoid Forced Marriage Returns As PCS Officer 7 Years Later

The officers will be handed over appointment letters and briefed about the polls in a New Delhi meeting which is scheduled for tomorrow – September 20, 2014. Also Read - Before Reporting For Duty, This Bengaluru Cop Teaches Children of Migrant Workers Everyday For An Hour

IAS officers who have been selected for assembly elections are: Also Read - Ready to Send Children Back to School? 78% Parents Say No, Willing to Let Kids Repeat An Academic Year

  • Sudhir Kumar,
  • H R Srinivasa,
  • Pradip Kumar,
  • Vinay Kumar,
  • Khurshid Ahmad,
  • Mithilesh K Singh,
  • Suresh K Sinha,
  • Ram Bujhawan Chaudhary,
  • Jitendra Srivastava,
  • Chittaranjan Singh,
  • Ramashish Paswan,
  • Sridhar Chiruvolu,
  • Palka Sahni,
  • Divesh Sehra,
  • Adesh Titarmare,
  • Daya Nidhan Pandey,
  • Jay Singh, and
  • Deepak Anand.

IPS officers who have been selected for assembly elections are:

  • IG (training) Amit Kumar,
  • IG (homeguards) Amit Jain,
  • IG (vigilance bureau) Ashok Singh,
  • DIG (BMP, Muzaffarpur),
  • Awdhesh Kumar Sharma, DIG (Tirhut range),
  • Ajay Mishra, and
  • DIG (Darbhanga range) Anwar Hussain.

Election observer position is quite a coveted one. The Election Commission dispatches election observers to every constituency to monitor elections and ensure that everything they are conducted in a free and fair manner within the framework of Indian Constitution, with electoral rectitude and financial prudence.

Election observers are a pampered lot too – with a dedicated team, police detail, luxury boarding and lodging, red-beaconed convoy, and commanding full authority over the state bureaucrats. As an election observer, an IAS officer or an IPS officer serves as the ears and eyes of the Election Commission. They work hard and party harder.

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