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CBC Conducts Voter Awareness Program under SVEEP in Bijbehara

Srinagar, May 21: The Central Bureau of Communication (CBC), Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Field Office Anantnag, organized a one-day Integrated Communication and Outreach Program (ICOP) under the Systematic Voters’ Education and Electoral Participation (SVEEP) initiative at Government Model Boys Higher Secondary School in Bijbehara, Anantnag district.
The event aimed to educate and sensitize voters, particularly first-time voters, about the significance of participating in the democratic process.
Tehsildar Bijbehara, Ms. Nusrat Aziz, presided over the event, addressing various community representatives including Numberdars, Chowkidars, ASHA workers, ICDS workers, students, and faculty members from Government Degree College and BHSS Bijbehara. She emphasized the responsibility of the electorate to choose competent representatives and encouraged youth to vote in large numbers on May 25th for the Lok Sabha elections in the Anantnag-Rajouri constituency.
Dr. Arshad Salroo, Nodal Officer for SVEEP, presented an overview of SVEEP’s efforts in promoting voter awareness and literacy across India, highlighting the focus on first-time voters. Resource persons from the SVEEP cell stressed the importance of informed voting to boost electoral participation. First-time voters also expressed their enthusiasm about participating in the democratic process.
Shahid Mohammad Lone, Field Publicity Officer, Anantnag, discussed CBC’s active role in enhancing voter education in J&K and Ladakh, detailing ongoing ICOPs and standalone cultural programs under the SVEEP initiative. Srinagar’s Field Publicity Officer, Naseer Ahmad Rather, appealed to first-time voters to utilize their democratic rights.
The event featured a skit by CBC’s empanelled cultural party from Jammu and Kashmir and an open quiz for students to reinforce the importance of electoral participation.
Notable attendees included Ms. Nasreen Akhter, Principal of Model Boys Higher Secondary School, Bijbehara, along with Sh. Bilal Murtaza, Statistical Officer, and officials from the Department of Youth Services and Sports, Sh. Sajad Ahmad, and Sh. Naseer Ahmad Mir.

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