Yes, I have exercised the option 'refused to vote'. Most of my near & dear ones asked, why did I being a conscious citizen choose to exercise this option instead of voting for a candidate from among the contestants? Is it not against the democratic principle? they wondered. To them I replied, "No, I wanted to propagate the existing statutory facility given to the voters for refusing to vote for any candidate, when no candidate among the entire panel of contestants measures up to his/her choice".
Let me speak a little more about the wisdom behind the choice I made. Youth constitutes about 41(about 4-6 percent are disabled) percent of the total population of the country . Moreover, needless to say, youths are the engine of the country's growth and as well the driving force behind its progress. If the youthful energy can be put into work, it can surely achieve all the laudable national objectives like development, peace and justice, which almost all the political parties subscribe to.
Government has failed to provide the employment to the disabled person after making the law. There is act call PWDs Act 1995. under the act there is provision that there should be 3% reservation for the Pwds in all the govt sector job and govt will provide some special incentives to private sector for provide the employment to the pwds.but till now now government has not done any thing on the subject. And thousands of the pwds are still unemployed after getting the higher education.
Here it is some facts related to the disabled employment in the country which may be stressed to any sincere person. The fact says that :-
Percentage of employees with disabilities in the Public Sector: 0.54% Percentage of employees with disabilities in the Private Sector: 0.28% Percentage of employees with disabilities in the Multinationals: 0.05% When the government sidesteps the issue of formulating clear-cut policies and enabling measures for the disabled, it is denying a peaceful minority in this country a basic and inalienable human right -- the right to live with dignity
Not only is there any suitable policy that comprehensibly envisages the wholesome development of the disabled youth in terms of their physical, intellectual and educational aspirations, but also opinion of the youths is simply bypassed in every matter, even if it concerns th For all the above reasons I who belongs to the generation next decided to make my voice of protest against all the parties and candidates reflected in the electoral process. And that is precisely the reason why I exercised the option of 'refused to vote' as permissible under Rule 49(O) of Conduct of Election Rules 1961
-SONU BHOLA Gen. Secretary Association of Disabled for Development (Regd) 9213953775
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