NEW DELHI - There will be no ceiling on carrying legitimate cash by the public in view of the security and anti-blackmoney measures initiated by the Election Commission for Lok Sabha polls, but surveillance squads will have the power to intercept any suspicious transportation of cash. The EC, which has deployed a team of flying squads and expenditure observers immediately after the poll schedule was...
announced on March 5, has set no ceiling of cash that can be carried by the public but with a condition that surveillance squads will have the power to intercept and check any suspicious transportation of cash. “There is no limit on carrying cash during the polls period this time. However, any cash beyond Rs 50,000 could be subjected to scrutiny by EC nominated flying squads and the individual or entity carrying the amount should furnish documents in this regard. “Also, any cash beyond Rs one million will be reported to the I-T department by these squads for action at their end,” a senior official involved in combat blackmoney measures of the EC told PTI. The EC decided to ease its norms and directives on cash transportation as it received a number of representations from public groups and trader bodies over the alleged harassment while they were carrying big cash sums for the conduct of business deals or social functions. (PTI)