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No politicians allowed at Amma Vodi programme in rural areas


While all eyes are on chief minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy’s scheduled programme in Nellore on Monday for launching Amma Vodi for the ensuing academic year in the wake of invocation of model code of conduct, the school education department on Sunday appeared to have complied with the State Election Commission’s (SEC) proceedings and issued a circular that no political leaders/representatives should participate in the Amma Vodi launch at the schools in rural areas and that the programme should be taken up within the framework of Model Code of Conduct without violating any provisions.

The proceedings of the director of school education department on Sunday was sent to collectors, joint collectors and DEOs of all the districts asking them to ensure that the programme does not violate the provisions of Model Code of Conduct issued by the SEC. Only school staff will participate in the programme.

It may be recalled that the State Election Commissioner (SEC) Nimmagadda Ramesh Kumar who had released the schedule for Panchayat polls on Friday had on Saturday sent a circular to the government about the enforcement of model code of conduct which will be applicable to the ongoing government schemes also.

The ministers slammed SEC and also said the government would go-ahead with the Amma Vodi programme as is an old scheme already announced even before the code came into effect. “The launch of AmmaVodi shall be organised in all selected schools at the constituency levels and in all schools on Jan 11, 2021. However, with reference to the schools located in the rural areas public representatives/political leaders should not be involved.

Only the headmaster, teaching and non-teaching staff and students, along with their parents, should participate in the programme. The political leaders and public representatives may participate in the schools located in urban areas for the programme,” said proceedings issued by the director of school education department.

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