- S Y Quraishi, former Chief Election Commissioner of India
- Heera Lal, IAS and District Magistrate, Banda, Uttar Pradesh
- Rama Lakshmi, Opinion Editor, ThePrint
The discussion will be moderated by Rahul Verma, Fellow, Centre for Policy Research.
About the Discussion:
During the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, Banda's District Magistrate (DM), Heera Lal, IAS, conceptualised a massive voter mobilisation drive to increase the turnout by over 90%. He undertook various initiatives, coordinated with stakeholders, encouraged his team to share ideas, and applauded team members at every stage. The district administration's efforts paid rich dividends and the increase in voter turnout in Banda district was substantial, one of the highest in Uttar Pradesh and perhaps in the country, if one accounts for state-level factors.
In this panel discussion, the district magistrate will present details of the measures his administration undertook to increase voter participation.
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About the State Capacity Initiative
The State Capacity Initiative at the Centre for Policy Research (CPR) is a new interdisciplinary centre for research and practice focused on addressing the challenges of the 21st century Indian state: its roles, federal structure, institutional design, organisational forms and culture, administrative reforms, the everyday life of local bureaucracies and frontline functionaries, knowledge resources, regulatory and fiscal capacity, and the complex and changing relations between society, politics and state capacity.