Staff Reporter, Bhopal Governor Shri Ram Naresh Yadav has said that voter is a valuable, vital and important link of strong democracy. He was addressing a state-level function held to mark National Voters Day here today. He said that success of democracy depends on free and fair polls and election of honest public representatives.
The responsibility for strengthening democracy rests with voters. Therefore, they should elect honest, dedicated and devoted public representatives. Shri Yadav inaugurated the programme by lighting a lamp. Shri Yadav also administered voters’ pledge to those present on the occasion.
MP Shri Kailash Joshi and Chief Secretary Shri R. Parasuram were also present. The programme was organised at all district headquarters as well. On the occasion, a photo exhibition was organised and two films were also screened. Governor Shri Yadav said that all people of the country should be proud of Indian democratic traditions. He said that National Voters Day programme aims at making voters aware of their rights and duties. Every citizen must always remain alert to ensure success of democratic system.
Lauding SVEEP campaign, Governor Shri Yadav said that all educational institutions are imparting voter education. Youths are being motivated to become voters. To mark Voters Day, a debate competition is being held on “Voting necessary for a strong democracy” in all schools and colleges of the state. Besides, debate competitions have already been held on “Name in electoral roll and identity card first link of strong democracy”, “Strong democracy only means to eradicate corruption” and “Strong democracy – participation of all”.
At the programme, cash prizes and citations were also given away to winners of essay, slogan and debate competitions. As a token, Governor Shri Yadav and Chief Secretary Shri Parasuram gave away photo identity cards to 6 youths. Citations were given away to Booth Level Officers for getting maximum names of youths included in electoral rolls. The honoured BLOs included Shri Sitaram Sen, Sushri Krishna Mujalde of Morena district, Shri Ali Akbar Khan of Indore district, Shri Prahlad Shrivastava of Gwalior district, Shri Narendra Bahadur Singh of Rewa district and Shri Sunil Rewda of Bhopal district.
Programmer at the office of the Chief Electoral Officer Shri Prawas Jain and Assistant Grade -1 Smt. Sujata Chincholkar were also honoured on the occasion. At the programme, Bhopal Collector Shri Nikunj Shrivastava read out a message of the Election Commissioner of India. Former Madhya Pradesh State Election Commissioner Shri J.S. Shukla expressed views on “Voter education must for strong democracy” and Shri A.V. Singh on “Strong democracy and developed nation.” Chief Electoral Officer Shri Jaideep Govind threw light on the programme’s objectives. He informed that 85 lakh names have been included in electoral rolls during campaign in last one year. Number of voters in the state has gone up to 4 crore 60 lakh, which is 61 percent of the state’s population.