20 lakh Rajasthan women not in voter's list
Jaipur: Over 20 lakh women in Rajasthan have not been registered in the voters' list prompting the Election Commission to set up efforts to ensure female receive adequate representations in the general, assembly elections and other municipal elections.
Concerned over the abysmal rate of women representation in the state which is already notorious for a skewed child sex ratio, the EC has directed officials to visit villages and create awareness about the importance of elections and voters' list. The EC has also approached various departments including health, education, women and child development, Integrated Child Development Services to create awarness especially among women, the report carried by the Times of India revealed.
Though the sex ratio in the state is 926, the ratio plunges further against women in the voter's list. Almost 49 women per 1,000 males fail to make it to the voters' list.
The state has not seen women representation in tribal areas, the EC report said.
Chief electoral officer (Rajasthan) Ashok Jain said that ICDS worker will cover 60,000 villages to spread awareness about the importance of elections among the women.
Speaking on the measures taken by the EC, he said that district collectors have also been directed to enroll women in the voter's list.
The EC has also roped in Olympian Krishna Poonia to inspire women to vote in elections. The athelete's message will be send to women through cinema halls, Jain said.
The health department has also directed officials to create awareness among women. Last week, the health department directed all the chief medical & health officers (CMHOs) and principal medical officers (PMOs) to comply with the directions of the Election Commission.