Coronavirus lockdown: Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora has been caught within the United States as a result of suspension of worldwide flights from and to India. He was on a private go to to the US and was scheduled to return to India on April 4. However, New Delhi suspended all worldwide flights within the third week of March because the variety of coronavirus circumstances began rising.
An Election Commission spokesperson mentioned that the CEC had gone to the US on a private go to on March 10. “He was scheduled to return on April 4. But since the flights are not operational, he’s stuck there,” the spokesperson mentioned. When requested whether or not the CEC is working from there, the spokesperson mentioned: “Yes, he is in touch with the commission.” The Election Commission has one chief election commissioner (Sunil Arora) and two election commissioners — Ashok Lavasa and Sushil Chandra.
India has suspended all home and worldwide flights until May 3. While New Delhi was proactively taking measures together with issuing journey advisories and screening at airports, it introduced the suspension of all incoming worldwide flights solely on March 19. This order was efficient from March 22.
Three days later, the Centre introduced the extension of suspension of all incoming worldwide flights to India until April 14. Now, the date has been prolonged to May 3. The United States too has suspended all its worldwide flights within the wake of pandemic. The US is the worst hit nation on this planet with whole coronavirus circumstances nearing eight lakh.
Last Monday, the EC introduced that its chief commissioner and two different commissioners will take a 30 per cent reduce of their fundamental pay for one yr to help the Centre in its combat in opposition to Coronavirus. “Commission has decided to contribute in the form of voluntary reduction of thirty per cent in the basic salary paid by the Election Commission of India to Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora and Election Commissioners Ashok Lavasa and Sushil Chandra for a period of one year commencing 1st April, 2020,” it mentioned in a press release.