An ADR survey, comprising 16,000 respondents, lists what voters want from the government and its performance on key issues
GN Bureau | April 27, 2016
Agriculture loans, employment and electricity for agriculture are the three top priorities for rural voters in Tamil Nadu. This was inferred from a survey conducted by non-political organisation, Association for Democratic Reforms. Comprising 16,000 respondents in all the constituencies of the southern state, the survey aimed to find out what voters really want from the government and how they rate its performance on issues important to them. Tamil Nadu goes to polls on May 16 this year.
Of the people interviewed in rural areas, 24.75 percent said that availability of agriculture loan was the top priority for them. The next major priorities were better employment opportunities with 22.88 percent respondents vouching for it, followed by electricity for agriculture at 20.72 percent.
See full report here
Roads and transport, polluted water sources, water for agriculture, agriculture inputs like seeds and fertilizers and health facilities were the other priorities. Interestingly, issues related to reservation for jobs, education, terrorism, strong military, corruption, law and order were not the main priorities for rural voters.
The voters were also asked to rate performance of the government on the same issues. Two priority areas – agriculture loan availability and better employment opportunities – also turned out to be the ones on which rural voters felt the government performed the worst.
There were some priority issues where the government’s performance was relatively good. These were hospitals and primary health centres, water for agriculture and sand stone quarrying and mining. As per ADR’s interpretation, sand stone quarrying and mining may be an environmental hazard but people may have supported it due to the employment generated.
The rural voters, however, rated the government’s performance high on issues that were not important to them such as terrorism and strong military, though only 2.65 percent and 1.16 percent of the sample rated these issues as important.
Urban voters, meanwhile, had different priorities. For them employment was the highest priority getting 23.59 percent of affirmation. The other two major priorities were noise pollution (21.82 percent) and drinking water (20.69 percent). These issues, however, did not get a good ranking in terms of government’s performance to handle them, especially noise pollution which was at the bottom. Health care, roads and traffic congestion were some other priorities for the urban voter.
The best performance made by the government was on terrorism, strong military and ration on the PDS system. However, the percent of urban respondents who chose these issues was low at 5.5 percent, 4 percent and 3.24 percent respectively.
In order to resolve a tax-dispute between Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL) and government of Odisha, a meeting was held between minister of state (I/C) for petroleum & natural gas Dharmendra Pradhan and Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik in New Delhi. During the meeting, Pradhan
Steel Authority of India Ltd. (SAIL) chairman, PK Singh, during his recent visit to SAIL’s Rourkela Steel Plant (RSP), laid emphasis on product differentiation and said the enterprise has to match the best in quality, variety and standards. “In the present circumstances, only th
Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) has added another feather to its cap by securing export orders from Chile and Estonia. This has helped BHEL to expand and consolidate its footprint in the international market. With maiden orders for transformer bushing from Niquel Electric Ltd, Chile
India uses a mix of two systems in elections. The first-past-the-post system is used in the elections to the Lok Sabha as well as the state assemblies, while proportional representation is used during Rajya Sabha and presidential polls. Now, an all-party Parliamentary panel
Martin Shkreli, a former hedge fund manager who is infamous for overnight spiking up the price of a lifesaving drug by 5,000 percent, was convicted on three counts of fraud in an American federal court on August 4. Shkreli is now staring at an incarceration period of up to 25 years. The order cheered up
The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) has noticed irregularities in the way the income tax department (ITD) carried out the assessment of Zero Tax Companies. Several companies that were having large profit from business and distributing substantial portion of the income