The government, through its cooperatives department and collectorates, has reminded housing societies about its seven-year-old directive to make their presidents and secretaries "booth-level volunteers" to ensure 100 per cent voting on their premises.
The department had issued a directive in 2012 to office-bearers of housing societies asking them to make audit of their respective society mandatory and furnish a list of shifted, dead and new voters before July 31 every year.
"This directive is still very much relevant and we are reminding the office-bearers of housing societies to ensure 100 per cent voting in coming elections," an official told PTI Tuesday.
However, Dharmin Sampat, honorary secretary, Co- operative Societies Residents, Users and Welfare Association, is not impressed with the government's move, saying it is simply passing the buck.
"Authorities are trying to shift the responsibility to the office-bearers who render their services with zero pay. Instead, the government should devise another mechanism to ensure 100 per cent voting," Sampat said.
D S Vader, honorary secretary, Mumbai District Co-op Housing Society Federation Ltd, said they have been approached by state government and election officials to ensure 100 per cent voting on their premises.
The federation is the government-approved apex body of housing societies in Maharashtra.
Vader said, "The department has approached us to raise the percentage of voting. We are going to publish a sankalp patra (document of resolution) which we have prepared in association with the election department."
"The document will be pasted in front of every housing society building in Mumbai and other parts of the state. With this sankalp patra, all members of the society will take oath to cast their votes," he said.
"For this cause, we are holding 1,000 street plays in Mumbai, Navi Mumbai and Thane. Besides we have tied up with 1.5 lakh dabbawalas (tiffin carriers) to spread awareness," Gandhi said.
"Not only in urban areas, but in Naxal-hit areas like Gadchiroli, too, we witnessed higher voting (in first phase on April 11 that covered seven Lok Sabha seats in the state)."
The first round posted over 60 per cent voting.
Maharashtra, which has 48 Lok Sabha seats, is voting in four phases. The first round is over and the next three phases will be held on April 18, 23, 29.
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