September 18, 2015 9:04:13 am
The nodal officer of the smart city project, Danish Ashraf, who also administers the city specific online polling being conducted at the national website mygov.in, said this on Thursday while addressing a smart city consultation camp.
“Since there is no such provision at the national website where the type of voters could be analysed, we will introduce a new feature for our benefit so that we can see how many residents in total are participating and is the participation more from the youngsters or from the elderly,” said Ashraf.
He added, “We do not have a problem if outsiders or anybody from any part of the world votes for or against Chandigarh issues. At least people are thinking about our city. Our purpose is to increase the participation of the residents as much as possible.”
He informed that the Scandinavian countries, European countries and other developed countries use online polling to take public opinion on several issues.
However, Ashraf said the administration cannot frame a policy on the basis of online polling. He added that the online polling is only to form a public opinion and to make the citizens participate in city’s issues.
On September 16, the UT administration started another live polling on the website mygov.in asking the residents if they support the imposition of service charge by the restaurants/hotels/ eating joints being levied under no statutory tax law. To this, 91 per cent of the residents have said No, while only 9 per cent have said Yes.
The previous online polling was conducted on the closure of road cuts between Sector 22 and Sector 23 and separately for Sector 22 and Sector 17 to improve traffic.
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