Amarpreet Singh Makkar
Ludhiana: International Women Day is being celebrated across the globe on March 8, but this time this day would hold special significance for Ludhianvis as women officers posted in the district share bigger chunk of responsibilities for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections 2019.
Additional Deputy Commissioner (Development) Dr Shena Aggarwal is the Additional District Election Officer Ludhiana, ADC (Jagraon) Neeru Katyal Gupta, Assistant Commissioner (General) Poonam Preet Kaur, District Revenue Officer Savita are nodal officers for different election related activities. Sumit Mudh, Jeevanjot Kaur, Geetika Singh, Sonam Chaudhary, Swati Tiwana would be Assistant Returning Officers for different constituencies. Even Anju Bala is posted as Election Tehsildar, besides several women police officers would also be on duty for the Lok Sabha 2019 elections.
Deputy Commissioner Pradeep Agrawal said that that special emphasis is being given towards increasing the voting percentage and that is why, the district administration is creating awareness amongst first time voters, differently abled, women, labour, third gender, NRI and voters that can be easily influenced.
To ensure proper participation of women in the election process, “Sakhi” polling station would be established in all Vidhan Sabha constituencies. Only women staff would be deputed at these polling stations. Agrawal stated that it is quality of district Ludhiana that every time women voters participate in election process in large numbers and the district administration would try to maintain this track record. He also appealed to the women voters to participate in the election process this time also.
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