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HindustanTimes Thu,18 Sep 2014

Govt employees to take pledge on voting in Lok Sabha elections

Deepa Sharma Sood, Hindustan Times  Ludhiana, April 15, 2014
First Published: 12:38 IST(15/4/2014) | Last Updated: 12:44 IST(15/4/2014)

To ensure fair and peaceful elections, and that every person votes, the election commission has come up with a pledge, which says that every person must vote fearlessly and make use of their democratic right during Lok Sabha elections.

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For proper implementation of Systematic Voters’ Education and Electoral Participation (SVEEP) programme ahead of the elections, the election officer, Punjab, has directed all employees of government offices and schools to take pledge at their respective offices and schools on April 15.

The district education officers (DEOs), secondary and elementary; principals of in-service training centres, district institutes of education and training (DIET), government schools and aided-schools; headmasters and incharges have been directed to ensure that all government employees take the pledge.

The pledge says, “We the citizens of India, having abiding faith in democracy, hereby pledge to uphold the democratic traditions of our country and the dignity of free, fair and peaceful elections, and to vote in every election fearlessly and without being influenced by considerations of religion, race, caste, community, language or any inducement.”

Talking to Hindustan Times, deputy DEO Gurjot Singh said, “We have informed all school heads to make their teachers take this pledge. Besides, we will also ensure, that all employees of the education department take the pledge at 11am on Tuesday.”

Barjinder Singh, incharge of Government Primary School, Dullay, said, “We are organising a rally to create awareness among residents of our village on voting.

“We will also create awareness among villagers to send their children to school as it is right of every child to get free and compulsory education. We will also educate the villagers about the benefits given to students in government schools,” the incharge of Government Primary School added.

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