Reported by Santosh Jagdev
Bhubaneswar, Nov 8:
With an aim to enroll 40 lakh members in Odisha in the next six years, Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar today launched a toll free number- 1800-266-2020 in the state for registration in the party’s nationwide membership drive.
Launching this telephone-friendly registration system, Javadekar recalled the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s aim to make India digital and serve the nation via e-governance.
The Union Minister said “The digital India project aims to ensure that the Government’s services are available to citizens electronically and help people by reducing paperwork. Earlier party members in Odisha as well as in the country used to go house to house and offer a receipt for registration as members. But the drive has assumed a new and effective technological form. People can now become members using their mobile phones.”
One has to dial the toll free number which will automatically end with a missed call. A SMS will appear on the mobile phone screen saying- Welcome to BJP followed by a primary membership number. To complete the whole process, one has to again SMS his/her name, address, pin code if any, Email and voter ID number to 092424922424, Javadekar added.
“Before starting this technology-driven system to increase our membership, we had made a tele-density survey in Odisha recently and found out that more than 2 crore people use mobiles and landline phones. The user figures in Odisha are, BSNL- 34 lakh, Landline- 3.5 lakh, Airtel- 72 lakh, Aircel- 33 lakh, Reliance- 37 lakh, Vodafone- 38 lakh, Idea- 14 lakh and Tata Telecom-30 lakh,” he added.
Hoping that the party would form the government in Odisha after the next elections, the Union minister said there are around 3 crore voters in the state out of a total population of 4.5 crore and the party has planned to provide employment to the poor, who have the basic right to live with honour, pride and self-respect.
Recounting Modi’s words ‘Achhe din ane wale hain’ he said, “aur wo din aagaye hain”.
Javadekar said, “The poor people in the country have voted for the BJP that to help make Modi the Prime Minister of our country. Every poor person look forward to a good day with food (roti), clothes ( kapda), house (makaan), education, health and honour and Modi’s leadership has brought great changes in the state and the country and we hope our membership drive will get them better days soon.”
Javadekar said in the 80’s the BJP used to get 2-4 per cent vote but the number of votes increased to 20 lakh in 2009 and 46 lakh votes in last election. The Modi effect will definitely change the mindset of the poor and his team will work with true spirit to bring in a welcome change in the state, he said.