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Siliguri: Darjeeling district administration has asked all the Central and the state government offices located in the district not to grant a leave to employees for six months starting 1 March.

This is in view of the ensuing Lok Sabha polls in the country, the dates for which are yet to be announced by the Election Commission of India.

In a communiqué sent to the heads of all Central and state government offices located in Darjeeling district, the district magistrate Joyoshi Dasgupta has said that no employee shall be granted a leave from 1 March to 31 July.

The only exception for allowing a leave can be medical grounds but for this the recommendation of a medical board will be must.

The embargo on leave will not apply to the armed forces. For them, their superiors will decide whether to grant leave to a staff during the period.

Sources in the district administration said that Dasgupta issued the communiqué as senior officers down the line had reported her that they were being flooded with advance leave applications during the tentative election period.

This being the trend, it will be extremely difficult to carry out election related work before, during and after the election, the DM was told.