Rural Poll Lesson Camp In North Bengal

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Cooch Behar: Chandrima Bhattacharya, the state president of the Trinamool Women Congress, on Friday instructed women leaders and workers of the party in Cooch Behar district to “develop a clear idea” about welfare schemes ahead of this year’s panchayat elections.

“The panchayat elections are ahead and you must prepare yourselves for it. You have to know about the array of development schemes floated by the state, initiatives taken to improve socio-economic conditions of women as well as our party’s stand on issues like GST and demonetisation. Once you have a clear idea of these things, you can speak and apprise others of your areas,” Bhattacharya told a “training camp”. The camp, a party meeting of women workers, was held at Rabindra Bhawan here. The meeting, party insiders said, was held to ensure more and effective participation of women in the rural polls and also in the election campaign.

Campaign by women workers and local leaders largely matters in villages. There are instances when, despite being working as a panchayat functionary a woman representatives lacks information about many schemes. We want to ensure that they have knowledge about the social welfare schemes so that they can converse with people effectively. It would also help them in gaining support from common people,” said a Trinamul leader based in Cooch Behar.

“If required, you should prepare a script of your speech and read it repeatedly. It should have a clear description of all initiatives taken by the state. It is a much better practice that trying to give a spontaneous speech as often, there is a chance of missing vital points,” said Bhattacharya. In course of the meeting, the women leaders were handed over a booklet containing details about all the social welfare schemes run by the state.

“The local leaders and panchayat representatives were also told to collect all relevant data about the beneficiaries of such schemes in their areas. It can act as a data bank during the poll campaign,” said a source. Also, a list containing details of 10,000 local women leaders and workers working across Cooch Behar district was presented to the state and district leaders.

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