High Power Bills, Unemployment Fuel Women’s Turnout in Downtown Polls

High Power Bills, Unemployment Fuel Women's Turnout in Downtown Polls

Srinagar: From crippling unemployment to unaffordable electricity bills, a plethora of civic issues drove women voters in Srinagar’s downtown localities to turn out in large numbers to vote. In Rainawari, the lack of job opportunities for Kashmiri youth and the impending installation of smart power meters emerged as major poll planks. “We voted for candidates promising to tackle unemployment and the smart meter issue,” said Maqsooda, a resident of Jogilanker. “Government jobs are scarce, but if loans are provided, our youth can start their businesses and find work.” The smart…

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