Police explain villagers about rules to be followed on the polling day
In an attempt to create awareness on voting rights and the dos and don’ts on the polling day, Visakhapatnam district police have launched an initiative of conducting grama sabhas (village meetings) and ‘palle nidras’ (sleeping in the village). The election awareness programmes are conducted in the rural areas in the nights, involving the voters of all ages.
The concept of grama sabhas was started by the Rural Police long ago for educating the villagers on the crime trends, cyber crimes, child marriages, traffic issues and etc. Now, the they have included the poll code rules, violations, consequences and explaining about right to vote in the campaign.
“We are announcing the venue for grama sabha well in advance through the public addressing systems and requesting women, men, youth, senior citizens to take part in it. The grama sabhas are being conducted at around 7 p.m. after the villagers return from their works,” a senior police officer from Narsipatnam area said.
In number of cases, he said, villagers are being caught violating poll code norms owing to poor awareness. “A few do it intentionally for some party, while many others are not aware of the rules. So, we have been informing them about the dos and don’t pertaining to the poll code,” he said.
The police have been interacting with the villagers on how cases of MCC could impact career of youngsters, the fines to be paid if a bound-over person violates the norms. The villagers are also being advised to stay away from transporting unaccounted cash for political parties.
“It’s a close interaction with villagers. We are explaining them about the norms including those to be followed on the polling day, especially the prohibitory orders,” V Sathyanarayana, Sub-Inspector of Nathavaram Police Station, who conducted grama sabha in several villages, said. After grama sabhas, the police are conducting meets with the representatives of political parties in the village, followed by ‘palle nidra’ as part of which they are sleeping in the community halls.
Source: The Hindu