Jagatsinghpur, March 27 (LocalWire): Despite a slew of promises made by political parties, from jobs to free skilling courses, many young voters in Jagatsinghpur district are unsure of whom to vote this time.
Although all parties have tried to woo the young and first-time voters in the district, the youth, though, have expressed their dismay at the lack of commitment of the political leaders.
Issues like unemployment, corruption and poor education continue to dominate the political discourse year-after-year, yet nobody seems to take them seriously, they said.
“I’m proud to have my name on the voters’ list, but don’t know whom to vote,” said Harichadan Mallick from Patana village.
Sabita Swain, a young voter from the same village, is also facing a similar situation.
Swain said many people, including her family, had donated land to Paradip refinery for jobs in return, but not a single family got employment till date.
She also said that IOCL had selected 100 candidates from the affected families for free livelihood courses, but they’re still waiting for the training to start.
“I’m very disappointed with our leaders. I blame them for this sorry state of affairs,” Swain said.
Another young voter Rinku said, “We had requested a local leader of the ruling party to help provide loans to youth to start own businesses but help didn’t come. We continue to work as daily wage earners.”
“There’s a lack of commitment on the part of the government. Their own schemes don’t get implemented. And people like us are the sufferers at the end of the day,” he added.
A total of 16,047 voters from the district will cast their franchise for the first time in the 2019 elections, and of which, 9,494 are male and 6,553 are female voters.