The absence of Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, who was in Delhi, left district magistrates, SSPs and village pradhans — elected in last year’s panchayat polls — disappointed at an event in Lucknow where they were felicitated on Sunday.
In their speech, young pradhans, who had come with a list of problems faced by their respective villages that they had hoped to inform the CM about, expressed their disappointment in clear terms.
Shraddha Suman, a post graduate in marketing management and pradhan of Dhani village in Maharajganj said it would have been better had the CM attended the event. “The chief minister may not have come fearing people will surround him with letters and files. But we have a low profile who cannot meet him easily,” Suman said, adding that it was “shameful” for the state government that ‘chakbandi’ (redistribution of land to reduce the number of plots in the holding) of farms has not been done in her village so far.
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Law graduate and pradhan of Sarkathal village in Rampur, Anuradha said she had come with a list of problems her village faces on a daily basis.
Pradhan of Saraibahelia village in Pratapgarh Mahendra Kumar Gupta said he wanted to tell the CM about the problems of power crisis in his village. Other village pradhans felicitated at the event were graduate and post graduates in engineering, management and law.
Earlier, the State Elections Commission (SEC) came out with a report claiming that over 10 lakh people from Uttar Pradesh who are based abroad had visited its website during the panchayat elections last year, an indication that “NRIs remain concerned about the goings-on in their villages”.
It released the data while felicitating DMs, police chiefs and other senior officials of the state for their contribution in ensuring that the three-tier panchayat elections for 8.82 lakh posts were conducted peacefully.
It said “around 50 lakh visitors accessed 5.4 crore pages” on its website. Around 39.75 lakh visitors were from different parts of India with United States’ “nine lakh visitors” capturing the second spot. The visitors from US accessed pages related to panchayat polls on 35 lakh occasions in about 6 months.
The SEC said visitors from 161 countries accessed its website, some of which included residents from Japan, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Romania, China, United Kingdom, Hong Kong, Kuwait, Qatar, Oman, Thailand, Singapore, Bahrain, Germany, Russian Federation, Bangladesh, Australia and Nepal among others.
State Election Commissioner S K Agarwal said natives of Uttar Pradesh are spread across the world and “remained connected with their villages, interested in being aware of the happenings in their village and the home state.”
Agarwal added that all information related to the polls had been uploaded on the website to make the system transparent and accessible to people.