NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday requested all the voters to make their contribution in strengthening the democracy by using their valuable votes, as voting for the fourth phase of Assembly elections is underway in Uttar Pradesh.
“Today is the fourth round of voting in the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections. I request all the voters to make their contribution in strengthening the democracy by using their valuable votes,” tweeted the Prime Minister in Hindi today.
Polling for the fourth phase of Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections began in 59 constituencies at 7 AM on Wednesday.
The state is witnessing a multi-cornered contest with Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Samajwadi Party (SP)-Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) alliance, and the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and Congress as principal contenders.
The fate of 624 candidates will be sealed in the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) today. 59 Assembly seats are spread across the districts of Pilibhit, Lakhimpur Kheri, Sitapur, Hardoi, Unnao, Lucknow, Rae Bareli, Banda, and Fatehpur.
Elections in Uttar Pradesh are being held in seven phases and will conclude on March 7. Voting for the remaining three phases will take place on February 27, March 3, and 7.
Besides UP, polling for assembly elections in Goa and Uttarakhand has recently concluded. Manipur will go to the polls in two phases- on February 28 and March 5.
The counting of votes in Uttar Pradesh, Goa, Uttarakhand, Punjab, and Manipur will take place on March 10.
Digital connectivity of villages
Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Wednesday that digital connectivity of villages is no longer an aspiration but the need of the day. “Digital connectivity of villages is no longer an aspiration but the need of the day. Broadband connectivity will not only provide facilities in the villages, but it will also help in creating a large pool of skilled youth in the villages,” said Prime Minister Narendra Modi while addressing a programme on the Union Budget 2022.
“When the service sector expands with broadband connectivity in the village, the country’s potential will increase further. If there are any problems in optical fiber connectivity, then we have to identify them and find solutions,” the Prime Minister said.
He said that the citizens of the country need to inform the rural population about the proper usage of optical fibre networks.
“We need to identify and solve all optical fibre connectivity issues across the nation’s rural areas. We also need to inform the rural population about the proper usage of optical fibre networks in villages that are now connected,” he said.
In this view, the Prime Minister highlighted that over 40 lakh property cards have been provided under the SWAMITVA Yojana. “A unique land identification PIN and land record registration will further make the process seamless,” said PM Modi.
SVAMITVA (Survey of Villages and Mapping with Improvised Technology in Village Areas) was launched by Prime Minister on April 24, 2020, as a Central Sector Scheme to promote a socio-economically empowered and self-reliant rural India.
“To achieve 100 per cent target in different schemes, we also have to focus on new technology. So that the projects are also completed faster and there is no compromise with the quality,” the Prime Minister said.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed a post-budget webinar on the Union Budget 2022 on Wednesday.
The theme of the programme ‘Leaving No Citizen Behind’, as per the Ministry of Rural Development’s press release, is aimed at bringing industry leaders, policymakers and government officials together to deliberate upon the positive impact of the budget and identify actionable strategies to collectively work towards furthering the common goal of upliftment of everyone, a saturation of each household and village, leaving no one behind. (ANI)