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Pune companies tell employees to Vote or lose their salary

Thursday, 17 April 2014 - 6:05am IST | Place: Pune | Agency: dna

Pune: With a rain of tweets, events and status updates happening all around the social media to encourage voting in Pune, the city seems to be working towards a common goal — to bring out the maximum voter turnout to date.
Promoting the very essential 'right to vote', the city-based corporates and enterprises have come up with a brainwave that serves a dual purpose — the employees don't treat voting day as convenient holiday and each vote gets accounted for.
Paid leaves - the healthier bribe
"Giving a half day was an option. Instead we decided to give a paid leave to all our 300 employees to encourage them to vote. The company's growth will not be hampered by one day off, but the country's health might just get affected with a couple of votes," said Sumit Munot, director of Classic Wills, which has its office at Bhosari.
The company's MR, E Rajan added that he was told to conduct an awareness session with his employees and workers. "We spoke to them about not only the importance of voting, but urged them to vote for the right candidate," he said.
Sachin Shevde, (38), an employee with the company for three years, said, "When the bigger 'Saheb' do so much to encourage us to vote, we feel important and we believe that even as a mere worker earning a few thousands per month we can be a part in the country's change."
Vote, by hook or by crook
Pune's real estate enterprise, Raviraj Group's pro-activeness has taken its employees by surprise. Their employees will get a paid holiday to exercise their franchise, but the company has threatened to withhold the whole month's salary if they don't. Ravindra Sakla, CMD Raviraj group explained their initiative is aimed at creating better and responsible citizens, who vote sensibly. "The effort aims to motivate the educated and intellectual class to practice their right, since it is a crucial decision which needs to be made seriously," he said.
The sense of responsibility is being treated with equal importance by the employees as well. Anisha Bhambhani, a Front office executive, who is also a first-time voter is happy with the fact that she won't be missing her chance to cast her first vote. In fact the company's policy accommodates employees like Shashikant Hodale, who has been granted a full-day leave to travel to Mumbai, the constituency he votes from.
Perks of exercising your franchise
Companies such as Great Wall Corporate Services, a security service provider seem to have adopted some rigorous monitoring policies. Their agenda is simple; to make sure their field officers and security personnels vote and without missing out on their duties too.
Aashish Kadam, director of Great Wall Corporate Services said, "The field officers have to vote early morning and then make it a point to send every security personnel working under them to go vote." He outlines their plan to make commuting easier by arranging five four-wheelers, which can be used by the employees to travel to their polling booths.
Such responsible efforts on part of the voters will not only yield benefits to the government making process but also bring about personal advantages. "The company is going to ask for a record of employees who have cast their vote from the Field Officers, and it would likely be affecting their appraisals," added Sneha Patil, assistant manager Human Resources.

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