Panaji, December 29, 2016 …. The General  Elections to the Goa State Legislative Assembly  are tentatively  scheduled in the month of February, 2017 and the Model Code of Conduct will be in  force by the end of December, 2016.

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During this period there is a possibility that the Self Help Groups/NGOs  could be made conduits by Political Parties/candidates for distribution  of  money/materials  in cash or kind thereby indulging in large scale malpractices which  is a punishable offence under IPC and R.P. Act. Therefore, it is strictly urged upon all the members of Self Help Groups under District Rural Development  Agency,  North and South Goa, not  to get influenced in acts of receiving any illegal  gratification  through  any mode prior to the  enforcement of the Model Code of Conduct till the completion of the entire Election process to have a free and fair Election.

            In case of any violations of the above instructions by any of the SHGs,  action deemed fit will be initiated under the relevant provisions of Representation  of  People Act 1951 and Indian Penal Code respectively against the erring SHGs. In  addition to this  all the benefits to the SHGs under National Rural Livelihoods Mission Scheme will also be suspended for a further period to be decided by the appropriate authorities.


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