Uttar Pradesh is all set to go to polls, with the first phase of the Assembly elections scheduled to be held on 11 February. The state is home to 138 million voters – a figure that is higher than the population of Mexico.
Power cuts were the biggest problem facing the people of Uttar Pradesh, a survey, by a data analytics and public opinion polling firm, for India Spend found. FourthLion Technologies conducted telephonic interviews with 2,513 registered voters in UP.
About 28 percent of the survey respondents said that power cuts were the biggest issue in the state, 20 percent said jobs, the economy and development were the biggest issues, while 10 percent said a shortage of clean water was the biggest issue. Few voters said the roads, food, the currency ban, crime, corruption, agriculture, sanitation, health and education were the biggest issues.
The percentage of households that used electricity as the main source of energy grew from 31.9 percent in 2001 to 36.8 percent in 2011, according to census data, with a stark difference between urban and rural areas.
While 81.4 percent of urban households used electricity as the main source of energy in 2011, as few as 23.7 percent did so in rural areas, data show.
By the end of 2016, 1,77,000 households in rural UP had no electricity, down from 1,85,900 households in March 2014, government data reveals.
"Power cuts are a more tangible issue," and so voters might identify it as being a big problem compared to health or education, the quality of which is a more abstract issue, said Neelanjan Sircar, a senior fellow at the Centre for Policy Research, a New Delhi-based policy think tank.
Source- The quint