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Register a vote on April 10 and get discounts on petrol in Delhi NCR
Don't be surprised if you see voters of the Delhi NCR region heading over to the nearest petrol pump to take advantage of the 50 paise per litre discount, which would be levied on voters on the voting day. Delhi NCR goes for polls on April 10. In an effort to encourage voters, Petrol dealers have decided to give discounts on the day till 5 pm.

''This plan has been initiated by petrol dealers as a social cause. It has been done so that the voters come out of their houses and register their vote,'' said Ajay Bansal, general secretary, Federation of All India Petroleum Traders. To be eligible for discounts, the voters must show the ink mark on their finger. Selected 50 petrol pumps from Delhi and 25 other pumps from other areas of NCR would provide the voters with the aforementioned discount.

This seems to be a step in the direction of the Election Commission, who has encouraged voters to vote in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls and choose the right candidate. Ajay Bansal further added, ''It is our national duty to vote during elections. It is a democratic right. We are providing people an incentive for voting as well.''

But will this initiative help in voters coming out and voting, as a number of people treat this day as a holiday and do not vote. Ajay said, ''Go and vote, we will take care of your petrol.''

Voters React

There was a mixed reaction to the discount levied by the petrol dealers. One such person, who owns a car business in South Delhi, Sanjay said, ''It is a pathetic move. If they are eager to provide a discount, then they should at least provide a minimum discount of 10 percent. The discount provided to voters (50 paise per litre) is good for nothing.''

But, one has to understand that the petrol dealers do not want to incur heavy losses on that particular day, which would hit their daily revenue on a large scale. But, there were other voters, who considered this move to be a positive one. Anshul Dhawan, a resident of West Delhi said, ''This seems to be a good effort, as it can definitely motivate people to vote. It is good to notice that various companies, organisations are encouraging voters to vote. Even FM stations, through their shows, are encouraging voters to vote.''

Ashish Grover, a BPO employee working in Delhi, said, ''It is a good move. End of the day, I am getting discounts on petrol for registering a vote. When someone is getting something in return, you are bound to get interested in it. Hope this move encourages youngsters of the country to vote.''

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