Taint-free candidate tops wishlist of residents: Survey

Citizen-corporator connect, quality of civic works next on list

The results of the online ward-level survey and the offline version through a detailed questionnaire given to residents’ welfare associations (RWAs) were announced by the Citizens Action Forum (CAF) and Civic News on Thursday. 

The survey that was launched on August 14 sought to know citizens’ ward-level priorities and to involve them in the elections. A total of five questions were asked to the respondents for the online version. As many as 84 RWAs took part in the survey. The offline version had a questionnaire of 25 questions.

The participants were told to give ratings on a scale of five to each of the civic issues listed such as parking mess, public transport, traffic and public health.

The higher the rating the higher the priority that needs to be given by the government authority concerned.

The highest priority of the residents was to see that candidates have no criminal record (4.7).

They also gave high priority to the co-ordination between citizens and corporators (4.6), quality of civic works (4.5) and road condition and potholes (4.2). 

Addressing a press conference, Mahalakshmi Partha-sarathy, secretary, CAF, said, “The total reach of the survey was more than one lakh people and about 1,500 residents took part in the online and offline versions. For the online survey, the respondents were mostly working professionals, RWAs and the IT people.”

Most of the RWAs expressed the need to curb increasing traffic. Venkat Ratnam of Elements Layout Owners’ Association described the traffic on Sarjapur Road as a serious concern, said Dr Narayan, CEO of Civic News.

CAF and Civic News on Thursday also launched an online voter awareness campaign “Candidate Nodi Vote Madi,” to encourage people to vote for the right candidate. D S Rajashekhar, CAF president and executive president of North East Residents Welfare Association, said that they had put up 56 banners in Banaswadi ward, urging the people to vote and mentioning the timings of the elections.

 

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