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'Panchayat elections: JK Govt announces holiday in poll-bound areas�'

'Panchayat elections: JK Govt announces holiday in poll-bound areas�'

Jammu, Nov 14 (PTI) Jammu and Kashmir government Wednesday announced public holidays on voting days in various poll-bound areas of the state, undergoing nine-phase panchayat elections from November 17, an official said.The polling days for various areas in the state for the panchayat elections respectively fall on November 17, 20, 24, 27 and 29 and December 1, 4, 8 and 11.Public holiday shall be observed within the limits of the respective CD-blocks of concerned districts on account of the panchayat elections, on the date of polls under the Negotiable Instrument Act, 1881," a government spokesperson said.Quoting from an order from the General Administration Department, he said the holidays on account of panchayat polls would be observed only in the areas where the polling is to be held.According to the order, special casual leave would be granted to the employees who have to go to other areas for exercising their right to franchise, for which they will demonstrate proof of voting on return. PTI TAS RAXRAXRAX