The Election Commission has relaxed the code of conduct and allowed the ministers to hold review meetings. Also, they can go to the districts in official vehicles. The various departments can issue work orders and even new tenders can be floated. However, the EC has not mentioned clearly whether the minister can use red beacon lights atop their vehicles.
Once the election code on conduct came into force all work carried out by various departments came to a standstill. In many departments like the PWD and Irrigation and waterways departments the firms that have been entrusted with the jobs have been selected but work orders could not be issued. As a result, work could not be carried out.
Senior officials of Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) said the work orders relating to up-gradation of roads could not be issued due to the code of conduct. All work relating to roads should be completed before the onset of monsoon.
He said the relaxation would help them to issue work order immediately and that would help to begin work. After issuance of work order seven to ten days are required for actual commencement of the work.
The official said as the ministers could hold review meetings, this would help the departments to take a stock of the situation and expedite the work in the areas that are lagging behind.
It may be recalled that Mamata Banerjee had held 113 review meetings in the past five years and these meetings had helped to resolve the problems that had cropped up in carrying out work in the districts.