Bhopal: Campus ambassadors threaten boycott work over alleged misbehavior by ANO

BHOPAL: The frustration of of over 45 campus ambassadors working to promote systematic voters’ education and electoral participation (SVEEP) has boiled over to the extent that they have decided to boycott the work during the Lok Sabha polls unless their problems are not resolved.

In a complaint, submitted to the Bhopal Division commissioner Kalpana Shrivastava on February 6, they alleged that SVEEP assistant nodal officer (ANO) Ritesh Sharma had misbehaved with them.In a latest development in the issue though the problems of the campus ambassadors have not been solved, Sharma has been reappointed assistant nodal officer.

This has happened even when they had met and and apprised the officials concerned of their problems including honorarium for the work in 2017-18 and alleged misbehaviour by the then ANO- Sharma.  The complaints also said that certificates given to them on National Voter’s Day January 25 at Minto Hall were full of mistakes. There are over 45 total the campus ambassadors in the city. Their problems are yet to be solved, even more than two weeks have passed since they submitted the complaint.

Rahul Sen, a campus ambassador from Motilal Vigyan Mahavidyalaya (MVM) told Free Press, “We have been working for SVEEP since 2017. We worked for Vidhan Sabha elections this year without getting any honorarium. In fact, we have to spend our own money and energy for cause. We worked for them for the whole year, but we were provided certificates only for a month’s work. What is this?

“We are also disappointed with the behaviour of Sharma who misbehaved and misguided us. We have decided not to work for the Lok Sabha polls until we get the same facilities as the voter icons get. After all, we are their partners not labourer,” Sen added.  Shubham Nemaddkar from SV Polytechnic College, said, “I worked as social media coordinator for SVEEP. I worked as they want. We uploaded the relevant information time to time to make the voters aware. We got nothing but insult. Even we didn’t get correct certificates. They misguided and misused the youth. We will show them the power of youth.”

“I have been working for SVEEP since 2017. But now it is not possible for us to continue the work without the support of government. The place of our working area from resident is so far that we had to face lot of difficulties. They call us for meeting anytime. My parents don’t allow saying it is government’s work so they should provide at least transportation facility for us,” said Harshita Rao, a campus ambassador from Gitanjali College.

Harikesh Mourya, campus ambassador from BSSS said “They don’t know how to respect our work. Out of 100, one campus ambassador is sleeted for the college. They provided ID card to us only on day of election. And the certificates which they provided were full of mistakes. See, we don’t care much if we didn’t get honorarium but at least we can expect respect.”

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