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‘No vote, no paid holiday’

india Updated: Feb 26, 2012 00:16 IST
Kapil Datta

Be ready to give up a day’s salary if you don’t vote in the assembly elections on February 28.

District magistrate Hirdesh Kumar told industrialists and businessmen at an awareness meet on Saturday to deduct one day’s salary if employees do not exercise their franchise.

The meeting was held at India Expo Centre for Greater Noida residents and was chaired by the district magistrate.

“Polling day has been declared a paid holiday so that workers are not deprived of their right to vote,” said Kumar.

“When an employee comes to work the next day, look for the black ink on his/her finger and only then grant a paid holiday. If a worker does not vote, then deduct a day’s salary,” Kumar told employers. “Our aim is to increase voting percentage above 90%,” he added.

Another meeting was held at Indira Gandhi Kala Kendra in Noida. At both gatherings, residents complained of discrepancies in the voter ID card.