Fighting the pandemic at every step


RWAs from across the country have been fighting the pandemic at every step, in every manner possible. Here's a round up of all the activities: 

Green Grace Residence Society

An Oxygen Concentrator along with 2 cylinders of 6000 Cc and a small portable cylinder of 1400 Cc are placed at the clubhouse for use in emergencies for all our residents by An NGO, SDIF, led by Mr. Azam Khan and also with active persuasion by Ramesh garu, our Club House Stores Owner. This NGO is ready to supply to all gated communities in   Hyderabad.   

–R.S.V..BadrinathMobile: 9949381789e-mail:


The Deendayal Nagar Colony RWA in Malkajgiri has conducted a medical camp to serve medical kits and medicines to the residents having mild symptoms like cold, cough, fever, etc. in cooperation with the Senior Citizens Welfare Association.                            -  N E Acharya


  The Subrahmanyanagar RWA in Saidabad area has been organised on 11th June, 21 Covishield vaccination for about 300 residents in cooperation with Apollo Hospitals.          

  --Mr. N. Prasada Rao, Secretary: 77020 03403 & Mr. J. Anatha Krishna, Saidabad Arya Vysya Sangham: 9704162643


Congratulations to Uday Shanker Peyyeti, Vice-President, UFERWAS for ably defending the WHO in these critical times in a UN -related debate.



The Andhra Pradesh Federation of Residents Welfare Associations and Prajarogyavedika, Visakhapatnam had organized an interactive session with some of the eminent medical professions in June 2020. The APFERWAS, Visakhapatnam has donated Rs.4 lakh to the AP Chief Minister Relief Fund towards COVID-19 relief activities. The amount is collected from its constituent 130 RWAs in the six zones of the city of Visakhapatnam. There was a continuous sharing of information among the RWAs on the lists of dedicated hospitals for COVID treatment, availability of beds in each of these hospitals, Vaccination centres both in public and private domain as well as COVID test centres; location of quarantine hotels, government facilities, etc. Also information on oxygen concentrators, ventilators, etc. and sharing of the addresses of distributors; information on donors of blood, plasma, blood banks.


In Visakhapatnam: Dr. K S R Murthy, Secretary  General, CoRWA, Associate President, APFERWAS; President, JR Nagar RWA; Former Emeritus Scientist, CSIR-NIO Goa/CSIR-NGRI, Hyderabad, has published an article on the “Role of RWAs in coping up with the COVID-19 pandemic.”, describing various activities taken up by the RWAs in AP during the last one year. In Terra Green, Earth Matters, Volume 14, issue of 3rd June 2021.

1.                  Mr. Satyam Reddy of Vinayaknagar VUDA Colony Association expresses his thanks to all those municipal staff, Secretariat staff, ANM and the Aasha workers who helped to carry out nearly 200 Covishield vaccinations on 5th June.

2.                  A massive vaccination program was coordinated on 4th June by Mr. P Madhav, Zonal Coordinator of Zone 8, Simhachalam area of Visakhapatnam, where, as many as 655 residents in 5 RWAs of this zone were given COVID vaccination in coordination with GVMC officials.


Sri Tirumalanagar RWA in GVMC-Zone VI

The RWA has conducted a Covid 1st dose camp on 7th  April and have been taking up various activities viz: awareness among residents, closing of parks, bleaching with sodium hypochloride in entire colony, etc. Also plans are made to take up 2nd dose camp, once the present confusion is eased out and the stocks are available. 

Encroachments in the Municipalities

Mr. T.V. Nageswara Rao of Gajuwaka in A.P. an activist in favour of the RWA movement has sent in the month of May 2021, a detailed note on the issue of encroachments occuring in the municipalities, to the Hon’ble PM of India with a request to issue directions to all states and local bodies for strict compliance and to avert any sort of encroachments of foot-paths, drains, drainages, hills & hillocks, open spaces, etc. Reacting on this, the PMO has promptly forwarded the Note to the Chief Secretary to the Government of AP. 


In Kolkatta

1.                  Dr. Alakananda Banerjee an activist in RWA movement as well as in AISCCON has made herself available online for free consultations during the whole period of Lockdown for Post COVID rehabilitation.“ We in Kolkatta and in suburbs are doing vaccination drive in some RWA’s collaboration with private hospitals. It just needs organisation to take charge of safety and cleanliness. I can't see the difficulty in doing the activity in all RWAs. For those disabled and bed-ridden elders, we are also doing it individually in their house, after precautions and safety guidelines. We just need some volunteers who are motivated and ready to help.”

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2.                  Kendriya Vihar, Kolkata in collaboration with Medica SuperSpeciality Hospital.


In Noida

The RWA in which Padmaja joshi lives in NOIDA has organised a paid vaccination camp with Felix Hospital, without any scrambling for slots for all residents and staff, as a model to be replicated widely in other residential societies.    


Covid 19 vaccination awareness drive by the All India Sufi Sajjadanashin Council, Rajasthan Unit, with Mr. Syed Khaled Shah Chisthi at dargah Meerji ka bagh. Jaipur India.


YOG is Implicit in Soldiering

On 21st June 2021, the Maharashtra Unit of Rashtriya Sainik Sanstha in Mumbai has organised a webinar on the International Yoga Day on the topic of: Yogik & Sainik. It is done primarily at the behest of the Gen Secy of the Unit, a naval veteran, Sashi Kant Mishra. It is inaugurated by the former chief of the Indian Navy, the descendant of the family of Prathvi Raj Chauhan, the winner of the Sword of Honour at the Indian Military Academy and the symbol of entrepreneurship and harmony, Admiral Madhvendra Singh. The former Deputy Chief of the Indian Army, the National Executive Patron of the Rashtriya Sainik Sanstha and the most balanced face on national television channels, Lt Gen Gurmit Singh spoke, followed by the former Force Commander of the United Nations  Peace Keeping Force  and the Military Attache of the Indian Embassy in Paris, Lt Gen Chandra Prakash Wadhwa. The Maj Gen Ranjit Singh,former Vice Chancellor of three different universities of the Country, spoke from Atlanta, USA at highly odd hours of the night. Then, the renowned Yogacharya from Rishikesh and crusader for a Yoga Institute in Delhi, Acharya Neeraj Yogi appreciated the entire webinar. The other speakers who followed are: Padamshree Shri Surendra Sharma, a renowned Haasy Kavi; an author, an administrator and founder of a Yog Ashram, Swami Amit Dev; the highly popular yog guru maa of Mumbai Ms Soudamini Pani; Mandakini Puri from Haridwar and Saudamini Mahey. Col Tejendra Pal Tyagi affirmed that a Soldier is a Yogi. QED.


Shri. Sashi Kant Mishra gave a vote of thanks also on behalf of the President of the Maharashtra Unit of Rashtriya Sainik Sanstha, Shri Panjab Rao Mudhane to all the participans, including film director and producer Shri Uday Shankar Pani; Col Vjay Pratap Singh, a great Marathon runner; Cdr Kumresh Sharma, a sanatani crusader; Shri Sarvesh Mittal, a patriot; Shri maqbool Malik, a doer; result-oriented Shri Rajiv Jolly khosla; a nationalist Bengali Shri Ashok Jain; Shri Madan Sharma, a very prominent teacher; Shri Janardan Jungle, commander of a volunteer force; Shri Rahul Vij, an ace engineer; Shri Mukesh Goel from Nagpur and an IT expert Ms Neelam Gupta.

                                                                                                         --  Col Tejendra Pal Tyagi

What is a Residents’ Welfare Association and how is it formed in Tamil Nadu ?

An RWA is a body of members comprised of residents living in a particular neighbourhood or apartments to function towards a cause. RWAs are registered under the TN Societies Registration Act 1975. According to the Act, any seven or more persons associated for any literary, scientific, social cause or charitable purpose can come together to form an association. Thereby, an RWA is governed by the rules of the Constitution and should comply with it. Article 19 of the Indian Constitution empowers society with the right to form an association.


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 South Delhi Municipal Corporation & M/s RBH E-Waste Recycle Hub Pvt. Ltd

E-Waste is a general term given to electronic and electrical items which have reached the end of their life. This e-waste should be recycled in a scientific manner as it is toxic in nature. The South Delhi Municipal Corporation has partnered with M/s RBH E-Waste Recycle Hub Pvt. Ltd to dispose off old and unserviceable IT equipment from the offices, citizens, RWAs, Markets, etc. It has  launched https://ewaste.mcdservices for online request to collect the e-waste; the vendor will collect the e-waste from their doorsteps as per approved rates of e-waste. The citizens will also be provided a certificate regarding safe disposal of their e-waste by the vendor.


Global Website and Global Office of WCPA  New Delhi

On 9th June 2021 in DDA Commercial Complex, PitamPura, New Delhi,  in an international webinar,  the World Constitution and Parliament Association (WCPA) has been launched with its new website and also its WCPA GLOBAL office. The program was very  spectacular and it was attended by dignitaries from all over the globe. The program was live on You tube and recording can be watched on  https://www. /watch?v=bLu3z3WXtb8.

The event began with the invocation “MaitrimBhajata” a benedictory message of HH Paramacharya of Kanchi, which was specially composed for world leaders and sung in UN in 1966. Prof. P N Murthy, Vice President, Earth Constitution Institution has presided.


The Senior Citizens Council of Delhi has organised a Property Tax Collection Camp at its Recreation Center, Green Park Extension on 16.6.2021 in association with SDMC. Computer, Internet and printer facilities at the Centre are provided by the Council and social distancing norms are observed.

A Fond Message from a Municipal  Commissioner to his Residents

“ Dear all fellow Ghaziabadians !    It was a great pleasure working for you and working with you. In the last two years whatever I could do was not possible without your cooperation and support. Though the last 15 months have been a trying time for all of you due to the Covid pandemic and second wave was really nerve-wracking for administration also. I with all my team & colleagues tried our level best to manage it and deliver all our works and fullfill all our duties keeping you all at the core of it. Still if you would have any grievance left unattended, I myself personally & on behalf of all my officials offer our unconditional apology. I shall remain indebted to your love and care and the kind of harmony at all critical junctures displayed by you.”

--- Sri Ajay Shankar Pandey, Commissioner Jhansi. 08/06/2021-- Jay Dixit, Ghaziabad,

RERA India Educational & Resources Federation, Jaipur & MahaSeWA, Mumbai 

Have invited all the stakeholders of Real Estate Sector to a Webinar on “Real Estate Project Certification & Audit under RERA Act, 2016” on 19th June, 2021. Chief Guest : Shri. P H Kurian IAS (Rtd) Chairman, Kerala RERA. Speakers: CA. Sunil Naik, Mumbai, Maharashtra and CA. Yogesh Kumar Goyal, Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh.

                          --  From CA Amit Khedia, Jaipur.

              Emoha Elder Care & Age Care India and the neighbourhood RWAs and the Fortis Escorts Heart Institute, Okhla, New Delhi

Have organised an inter-active webinar on 21st May. Topic: Stiffness due to Home Isolation in Covid. Speaker: Dr. Kaushal Kant Mishra (Associate Director- Orthopedic / Bone & Joint Surgery) at Fortis Escorts Hospital, Okhla.

Again on 4th June: Topic : " Tension and Anxiety in Covid Times” with Dr. Samir Parikh (Consultant Psychiatrist, Director-Dept. of Mental Health and Behavioral Sciences, Fortis Healthcare). It is moderated by Dr G S Grewal, Sr. consultant in Geriatric Dept., Fortis Escorts Hospital and the queries are addressed to Mr. Dheeraj 9990460965.

Acharya Lokesh Ashram, Karol Bagh, New Delhi

The second deadly wave of corona pandemic and the three consecutive weeks lockdown has created a crisis for livelihoods as well as for daily food among the people who are daily wage-earners in Delhi. In this sequence, Ahimsa Vishwa Bharti Organization has launched a generous meal scheme for the needy people around Acharya Lokesh Ashram located near Karol Bagh metro station.

‘There is no religion greater than human service’    -Acharya Lokesh

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RWAs  to Come Under RTI Act 

A campaign for Justice is started all over the country for the Residential Welfare Associations to come under the purview of the RTI Act. /69800448.cms.0

Ananthapuram RTI Hakkula Parirakshana Sangham

On 4th June, the Sangham had a meeting with the District Collector Mrs.Nagalakshmi to remind her of the need for constituting the District Coordination Committee and to address other matters as per the G.O. no.1185 G.A.D.-AP of 12-03-2013. The District Collector is thanked for having reacted favourably by the delegation of the office-bearers, consisting of Messrs. Kambaduri Shaik Nabi Rasool, A. Honurappa, B. Eswara Reddy, C. Bhanuja, T. Balanna, Rasheed Bhasha and Mohana Krishna.  


15th May is the International Day of Nurses

The Velugu Educational Trust and the District Red Cross have observed the Day in Qutubullahpur Urban Health Centre. The nurses are admired for their services with courage, patience and tolerance by Dr. Premanvitaha, Narayana Rao, Narsimha, Mehmood, Jhansi, Rani, Supriya, Vijitha, Saritha and the health workers around.                                                              --Narayana Rao Prajapati Samiti

World Day Against Child Labour

In Hyderabad on 11th June, the Pratham team has released more than 150 posters against Child labour issue in the State Labour Dept. office, which are posted in 5 mandals in Hyderabad, viz. Bandlaguda, Charminar, Bahadurpura, Amberpet and Musheerabad.


            World Humanist  Day on June 21

Humanist Day is observed in order to awakens people to social issues such as science, democracy, human values, human rights, nature conservation, scientific vision, eradication of superstitions, women's empowerment, and secular politics.

                    -- Ganji Eswara Lingam, Hyderabad


   The 21st World Environment Day

Sri. Vemula Gouri Sankara Rao, a consumer activist from Hyderabad has organised a Zoom meeting on WED, and another on 10th June n Multi-Source Edible Vegetable Oil.

Sri Tirumalanagar Welfare Association, Gajuwaka has observed the World Environment Day by planting Guava, Tulasi and flowering plants.


World Environment day with Green Clean Welfare Association. --From Mr. Pawankumar, Hyderabad


Hyderabad Clean Air Network in association with Doctors for Clean Air& Climate Action,SWASA Foundation & Lung Care Foundation is hosting a  webinar on 27th June on the subject of “Industrial Air Pollution and its Health Effects on COVID-19."

Speakers:Dr. Vishnun Rao Garu, Eminent Pulmonologist, Allergy-Astma Specialist, Founder,SWASA Hospital& Foundatio, and  Dr. Arvind Kumar, Chairman, Institute of Chest Surgery,Medanta-The Medicity,Founder Trustee,Lung Care Foundation.

Presided by Dr.D.Sudhakar ,President, LEAD Foundation&ConvenorDr. P. Narayana Rao, Secretary of LEAD Foundation




1. HelpAge India’s First Covid Centre at Jakhar village in Gujarat is supported by Nayara. It is inaugurated by the chief minister of Gujarat on  23-05-2921.

The World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

                HelpAge India

2.         HelpAge India has organised the WEAAD -2021 on 15th June, with a Zoom webinar with Panel discussion by eminent persons from AP & TS. A day prior to June15, a HelpAge India Report (2021) is released to discuss the impact of the  pandemic on the Elderly and their caretakers.

-- Mohd. Raza Mohammed, State Head – TS&AP

3.                  HelpAge India is conducting on 28th June, a virtual Financial Literacy session for senior citizens in partnership with State FIDD Dept, Reserve Bank of India (RBI), Raipur as speaker: Sri Neelabh Jha, DGM of FIDD Dept.  --- Shyam Kumar, Advocacy Officer TS&AP

Senior Citizens Association and Butta Foundation

1.                  On 15th June in Kurnool in AP, they have together observed the Day before the statue of Mahatma Gandh in the collectorate campus. As a chief guest, the local Assistant Director in the Dept. for the Welfare of the Senior Citizens has explained various governmental programmes as solutions for elders’ problems. On this occasion, Sri. Sahadeva Reddy, president and Sri. Govinda Rao, vice-president of the Senior Citizens Association, as well as Mr. Rajesh, Manager Butta Foundation have raised some issues concerning the elders. Other members of the Association, Dr. Jayaprakesh, Dr. Baleeswaraiah, Maddileti Reddy, Christopher, Papa Rao, Rathna Reddy, Prasad, and representatives of the Foundation Mrs. Hemalatha have also participated.


2.                  The World Environment Day is also celebrated by both the organisations together and highlighted the need for protecting the planet from all sorts of pollutions being caused by us. They have distributed medicinal plants on this occasion. Other participants are: Sri. Ellappa, the chairperson of Sree Neelakanth Swamy temple, Sri. Ganapa Chennappa, the secretary of Kurni municipality and Smt. Hemalatha, the Foundation’s coordinator.

--  B.Rajesh, Manager, Butta Foundation. Ph: 9393395269,email:


                        Tanuku Events

A relentless worker for the welfare of the seniors has passed away

 With grief and sorrow, we inform the sad demise of our beloved grandfather Mr. Gadigatla Keseswara Rao on 10-05-2021 at Hyderabad. May his eternal soul rest in peace: Deepthi & Keerthi

“Salute to a great inspirator. A great human  with never-ending energy to serve the senior citizens; a simple and heart-touching man.”- Mohd. Raza, State Head, HelpAge india.


On 22nd, a condolence meeting is held in the Senior Citizens Bhawan, where the passing away of Gadigatla Keseswara Rao garu has been very much regretted by Dr. Hussain Ahmed and Nallajerla Venkanna garu. The founder of Tarakapuri News, Sri. Rajendra Kakileti and Lion Karunakar Chowdary and other have expressed their profound grief on the occasion. They acknowledged the yeoman's services rendered by him to the elders community, as it has been reported regularly in the columns of Tarnaka Times. He raised lakhs of rupees, enlisted many members; every Sunday he mobilised doctors to deliver medical services at the door-steps of the needy; every 3rd Sunday he carried out blood tests, doctors prescribed medicines and for the deserving free medicines are given. He managed to set up a Physiotherapy centre which is very active.

----Nallajerla Venkateswara Rao (Venkannagaru)


The Rotary Club of Tanuku

1.                  Has put 6 oxygen concentrators at the disposal of the people of Tanuku and the surrounding areas who are affected by Covid-19. They are donated by Rtn. Mallina Ramachandra Rao at a cost of six lakhs approximately. The function is attended by President I. Sridevi, Rtn.M.Ramachandra Rao, Rtn.M. Aruna Saradhi, Rtn. Nandigam Sudhakar, Rtn.V.V. Hanumanth Rao, Rtn.A.KasiViswanadam, Secretary and Rtn.G. Sudhakar.

2.                  Around one hundred private school teachers who are deprived of salaries during the pandemic are supplied with packets of provisions and groceries by Rtn. Mallina Ramachnadra Rao garu on 22nd May in the presence of the president Rtn. I. Sreedevi, Rtn.Aruna Gandhi, Rtn. Nandigam Sudhakar, Rtn, Medikonda Hanumantha Rao, Rtn. Basada Ramakrishna, Rtn. Putta Satyanarayana, Rtn. Hanumantha Rao, Rtn K.T.V. Reddy, etc.

---- Rotary Club of Tanuku (3020(15608), Gandhi centenary Hall,Varanasi Vari Street, Tanuku-534211,W.G.District. AP

The Sundarayya  Vignyana Kendram in Bagh Lingampalli in Hyderabad has started an Isolation Centre in their premises. The Elders Club International has procured an ambulance vehicle from the Saket group of builders with the cooperation of the Latha Raja Foundation, and it is made available from 15th May both for Covid and non-covid patients .

Contact: Sri. Mandadi Krishnareddy, Managing Trustee: 8309634283 & 98480 40199.

------------------------------------------------------     Avagahana Samstha in Guntur

1.                  On 15th May, the World Mothers’ Day is observed and homage is rendered to the motherhood as the sources of family institution.

2. Homage to  Pavuluri Sivaramakrishnaiah, a veteran freedom fighter who passed away on 18th May.

3. An analysis meeting on the results of the five state assembly elections that took place recently.

4. It is regretted in a meeting that out of the allotted Rs. 35 thousand crores in the budget to fight against the COVD-19, only Rs. 4,744 crores are spent, so far. It is found desirable that the COVID isolation centres to be set up by the side of the places where the oxygen is produced.

5. Under the regular programme of “Manamu Padudam Randi”, the 100th anniversary of the noted writer of cinesongs, poet, dramatist Acharya Aathreya is observed by the group.




Sri. J.B. Ramamurty, born on 8th August 1935 has passed away on 10th May, 2021. He served the local community for 28 long years with dedication and selflessness. He was the founder-President of Senior Citizens Association in Mehdipatnam. He also contributed much for the development of the Rajarajeswari temple in Mehdipatnam.

From: Kandibanda Narasimha Rao, Secretary, Sr.Citizens Assn, Mehdipatnam, Hyderabad & Secretary, Central Aasara Committee, G.H.M.C.  email:



On 24th May, the Vijayapuri Senior Citizens Association has distributed food provisions for 5 poor families of Malkajgiri Brahmin  Samakhya Sangham, thanks to the participation of Sri. Arjun Rao garu, Sri. M. Prakash Rao garu and Smt. Sujathammagaru.


Kriya Sangh Society

On 26th May, with the support and cooperation of IMRS, Sahayata Trust and Mr. Quddus, the Kriya team has distributed Dry Ration kits to those who live in the largest slum in Hyderabad, in Rasoolpura.

-- Shaik Nayeem, Secreatry KSS: 9347010276.



On 13th June 21, the Global Social and Welfare Foundation has appointed a ‘Team GSWF’ to fight against Covid-19, consisting of President: Shri Mohammed Omer Ali, Vice-President: Shri Syed Shafi, Gen. Secretary: Shri Mohammed Shabir, Joint Secretary: Ghouse Khan, and Treasurer: Mohammed Saleem, and other members.


Manasa Institute of Child Health & Disability Studies

In this critical hour, on 12/05/2021, we have resolved to reach out and help the under-privileged who were affected by Covid in terms of loss of livelihoods or loss of life/s in family, by providing them a Covid relief kit containing food materials + a pack of N95 masks, face mask, gloves and a sanitiser. We could do this for 300 such families in Hyderabad only .--Dr. R. Ramakrishna Murthy, Director,




In case of Excess Charges in Hospitals in  Telangana ?

If you find any hospital anywhere in Telangana state appears to be charging unreasonably high charges in COVID treatment, against the GoT G.O. no 248/21, then a Govt. Task Force will intervene from the CM’s camp office. Inform: 04023403999 or D.M.H.O.: 9705462662.

To know about the Vaccination Centres in your area, contact WhatsApp no:9013151515 of the Union Health Dept. With area PIN code.


          NPRD: Telangana State committee

          The president of the NPRD Telangana State Committee of the Differently-Abled (Handicapped) Persons, Sri. K. Venkat and the General Secretary Sri. M. Adivaiah have appealed on 5th May to the Government of Telangana not to close the centre for the mentally retarded persons which has a long history since 1952, situated in Aaramghar, near Hyderabad. Instead, adequate facilities are to be provided for its satisfactory functioning.


A former Deputy Commissioner, Secunderabad, now at Moosapet,  Shri Ravi Kumar has received an appreciation:


            France Telugu Association, Paris

1.                  The France Telugu Association had on 19th May contributed 500€ from it's Covid Donations Fund that was collected in the past, to the delegation of French Associations which came together to help India during this severe sanitary crisis with supplying some oxygen equipment. We were also able to diversify our contributions by doing 3 campaigns to distribute food kits to our FTA students living in France, to contribute some amount to the AP-HP Paris hospitals for the Covid facilities and through the most recent one to the Indian associations’ mission from France to India to send medical equipment.


2.                  On 31st May an online presentation is arranged on ‘Revolution in Healthcare by Food’ by Dr. Srinivasa Rao Kalasapudi, who is a biomedical scientist. He did his Ph.D. from University of Paris and later went to Columbia University, New York for post-doctoral research. Also became a faculty member in New York, where he worked for a number of years. He worked in Vaccine industry also. He introduced quinoa in India and also started to sell it to bring down the price several fold, thereby  making it more affordable for many Indians. Recently he initiated ‘Food as Medicine’ movement in India, ‘Aahaar Kranti’. Now he is producing literature and food products for awareness and consumption to support the ‘Food as Medicine’ movement.

--- Annapoorna.Mahendrawada, President F.T.A & Board members of F.T.A. Team, Paris, France.


L.No.FGG/ECI/REP/65/2021   Hyd, 15th June,2021

To The Chief Election Commissioner of India, Nirvachan Sadan, New Delhi


            Large amount of money is being spent by contesting candidates right from Gram Panchayat to Parliament elections…….. The voters are bribed and votes are purchased.

            To conduct free and fair elections, Election Commission of India makes elaborate arrangements. Once the results are declared, the Election Commission’s job is over and there is no mechanism to pursue the cases booked during election period.

            Forum for Good Governance, a civil society organisation working for Good Governance from Hyderabad has taken up a study …….During the year 2014 Assembly elections, 543 cases and in 2018, elections 548 cases were booked under Sec.171 I.P.C (bribing the voters). So far not a single case was successful in getting conviction. This type of situation is encouraging the contesting candidates to spend more money and purchase votes. ….

            The Forum, therefore, requests the ECI to instruct the State Electoral Officers to regularly pursue the cases booked U/s 171 I.P.C. with Police officials…..  If only some MLAs/ MPs get conviction for bribing the voters, then the tendency to purchase votes will decline.


                        - M. Padmanabha Reddy, Secretary.


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