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Bihar’s migrant voters call for ‘alternative’ options

PATNA: Bihar most definitely is one of those states within the country whose population continue to move out on the lookout for higher jobs and colleges. This, in flip, impacts election results to a great extent.

Experts are of the view that youngsters from Bihar shift to bigger cities like Pune, Bengaluru, Mumbai and Delhi for getting themselves admitted to reputed colleges or working with multinationals. Besides, a lot of small workers, belonging to Bihar, transfer to Punjab, Delhi and Gujarat to be able to earn a living for themselves. People from Siwan and Gopalganj additionally paintings in Middle Eastern international locations like Dubai. All such electorate are, therefore, disadvantaged of the chance to workout their franchise during elections. To make issues worse, pricey fares, discomfort, absence of special leaves and lack of the urge to vote keep migrants clear of elections.

Pune-based engineer Jyoti Lata Piyoosh, who hails from Muzaffarpur, has suggested the government to make provisions for online voting.

“Many of my colleagues belong to Bihar, but none folks is going again to solid votes this time. Our company received’t grant paid leaves and we can not spend our hard-earned cash on pricey air tickets,” he said.

Shail Mishra, a native of Munger who is living in New Delhi, instructed this reporter over phone, “Alternative preparations will have to be made for migrants in order that they may be able to participate within the electoral process without irritating their routines and spending extra money.”

Meanwhile, a study performed lately through the students and school contributors of Patna-based A N Sinha Institute of Social Studies (ANSISS) on ‘Voters’ Behaviour’ states that polls, performed during the pageant season in October and November, witness high voting share.

According to ANSISS economics department head D M Diwakar, the state assembly polls held in 2015 (October 12 to November five) coincided with Dussehra, Diwali and Chhath. “The voting share was high as a lot of Biharis, who paintings or study outdoor, had come house during fairs and likewise exercised their franchise,” he said.

The female voting share during the state assembly elections in 2015 was 60.57% and that of men was 53.14%. In the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, which was held from April to May, the turnout of female electorate in Bihar was 57.66% and that of male electorate was 55.08%.

Citing reasons for top price of migration from Bihar, Diwakar identified, “Lack of activity opportunities and poor quality of schooling within the state push scholars and workers to leave and settle outdoor.”

Bihar Foundation (Mumbai bankruptcy) leader Ahsaan Hussain said, “I do know a lot of Biharis, who've been residing in Mumbai for greater than 30 years now. In truth, they have got themselves registered as electorate here or even solid their votes on the time of elections.”

An election fee authentic instructed this newspaper that there was a provision wherein citizens of a state, who are settled outdoor, may get themselves enrolled on the position they were residing and in the end vote from there.

“Form 6 available at the site of the Election Commission of India enables electorate to get themselves enrolled from their present deal with. Their names will, however, be deleted from the former electoral roll,” the authentic said.

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