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Poll season a boon for ‘hired workers’

Special Correspondent
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Labourers ready to be hired for poll rallies, electioneering owing to good wage

A daily wage labourer ‘hired’ by a political party taking a break during a campaign in Eluru.— Photo: A.V.G. Prasad
A daily wage labourer ‘hired’ by a political party taking a break during a campaign in Eluru.— Photo: A.V.G. Prasad

The election season has turned out to be a good employment opportunity for certain section of people as they are ready to be hired by any political party or candidate in need. Ideologies, policies of the political parties and credentials of the candidates in the fray hardly matter for them. What remains important for them is only the attractive daily wage that ranges between Rs. 200 to Rs. 300, depending on the place and demand.

In the towns like Narsapur, Bhimavaram and Tanuku, the wage even goes up further. The nature of work includes distribution of publicity material, raising high pitch slogans in favour of the candidates who hire them and touching every door in a locality seeking votes on behalf of their paymasters. Searing summer heat hardly deters them from carrying out the gruelling task for which they are engaged. The hired campaign workers are at work for four hours in the morning session and three hours in the evening. In places like Narsapur, many outsourcing agencies have come up with an offer for the political parties to provide workers for electioneering and getting the workforce on job is just a phone call away.

The workers are provided with lunch, breakfast and coffee. They work as domestic help and do the other menial jobs in the normal days. The lack of committed workers in almost all the parties has pushed up the demand for hired workers for the campaigning.

One of the leading candidates in the Achanta Assembly segment is said to have even gone on record while submitting his poll expenditure to the Election Commission authorities stating that he had engaged around 500 workers for a rally during his filing of nomination by paying a wage of Rs. 450 per head.

They are in great demand on the occasions which included election meetings addressed by the lead campaigners of the mainstream parties and the day-to-day electioneering.


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