In a bid to spread awareness on voting in Noida, Active NGO, a welfare association of 80 social organizations in Noida, held rallies across Noida on February 8 and 9, 2022. The aim was to motivate residents to vote in the upcoming 2022 Uttar Pradesh assembly elections. Together, these organizations participated in these rallies to spread awareness among the citizens in more than 40 places.
During the rallies, organizations held relevant posters and banners motivating people to vote. Moreover, rallies were taken out at 40 places, some chaupals(raised platforms for community integration) were also decorated in the market. Volunteers went door to door to make the people aware.
During this, villages Rohillapur, Nangli Bajidpur, Hajipur, Sadarpur, Chhalera, Shahpur, Sarfabad, Bahalolpur, Nithari, Chaura, Gijhor, Khoda, and areas such as Sector 11, 12, 22, 25, 28, 29, 31, 37, 44, 45, 50 ,51 ,52 ,53 ,56 ,62 ,70 ,71 ,73 ,82 ,93,105,108 ,131 ,132 ,135 ,137, Sector 8 Masjid were covered on the two consecutive days.
Ranjan Tomar, President of Active NGO group says, “Noida is the first developing city of Uttar Pradesh and the literacy rate of the city is also good. We are spreading awareness among the citizens about how voting is important for us and we can use it as a weapon.
Many residents are not interested in voting but after the selection of a candidate, they raise that he/she did not do good work, which does not make any sense. In 2017 the voting percentage was not quite good, it was only about 45 per cent. It is our right to vote and choose a candidate who works for us. I request all the citizens of Noida to vote in order to bring a change.” he added.
Some of the organizations that took part in the rallies include Navratan Foundation, Novara, Ayam Welfare Society, Yash Krishna Memorial Trust, Shaheed Bhagat Singh Sena, Nari Pragati Social Foundation, Kalpana Kala Kendra, Noida. Entrepreneur Association, Our Duty, Thyagaraj Center for Dance and Music, Joint Women Forum, Challengers Group, Om Vishranti Charitable Society, Niveda Foundation, Yuva Sarfabad, Village Care Foundation, Muslim Education Trust, Progressive Community Foundation, Yuva Sangharsh Samiti, and Hind Rise Society.
Ashok Shrivastav, founder of Active NGO group says, “Voting is the soul of democracy. Our purpose is to increase the voting percentage in Noida. The voting percentage is also increasing in villages and slums, in this view, we spread awareness among the citizens to vote in order to choose the right candidate. Most of the time good candidates lose because his/her supporters didn’t vote. Like food and clothes are our need, voting is also important to run a democracy.”