Heights of Corruption…

It was our 4th visit to Election Office (BBMP) to collect our Voters id card and like all the previous times we were not given the cards.

Strange part we did manage to cast our vote on 5th May.2 Saturdays before that we had been trying to get the cards but we were not given. But on Election Day since our names were there in the voters list we were allowed to vote by showing our ‘Aadhar cards’.

We were told to collect cards after the election as the workers were busy with election duty. After that twice again we went and again the conversation went as below:

We: Sir we have to collect our voters id card.

Officer 1: (looking at us up and down) hmm, which language kannada/tamil

We:Hindi/English

Officer 1:  (with some strange facial expression):hmm,yawa area? (*yawa is a kannada word which means ‘area’)

We: XYZ area

Officer 1: ok, go to other counter he takes care of that area, I take care of other area.

We went  to Officer 2.And same story is repeated ,same set of questions ,sent to some other counters and finally again sent to counter 1 where this time he said that he is not responsible for card distribution.

We get irritated and there is some shouting from our side. One of the guy says the key of the drawer which has cards is with other person and he has still not reached (it was 11:10 AM).Then I realized they were speaking to each other in kannada and making fun of us.

I felt if we bring somebody along with us who knew the local language would help .Then we saw a mother with her daughter who had come to collect their voter’s card.

They requested the officers to hand them their cards as the daughter had to fly to US and require the card as identity proof. They were speaking in kannada and even they were made to run from one counter to other without any result.

We got so frustrated and hubby lost his cool, biggest mistake that he did. He said he will escalate the matter.

On hearing this the officers too got angry and asked us to take down the mobile number that was written on the black board and make a complain.

They also said that after election is over its not their responsibility to hand over the cards .When we reminded them that we came before election too and were asked to come after elections they accused us saying that we must have heard wrong.

Hubby then asked them to give in writing that they are not in a position to give our cards as it’s not their duty .On hearing this they started screaming (screaming is still a better word, may be howling) at us in some alien language .We were scared and felt these people were ready to pin us down anytime.

We just left the place highly frustrated and scared L

 

 

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14 thoughts on “Heights of Corruption…

  1. This sounds scary to me. Recently I lost all my important documents like Voter ID Card & Pan Card. Have applied for both and waiting. I just hate these red tapisms. So what are you planning to do next?

  2. Oh that’s sad,how did it happen?Pan Card is easy to apply ,you can do it on line and the fees is 100 rs/-.It will get delivered at the address mentioned in the card….Voter ID card,may God help you with that 🙂
    Pata nahi re ki kya karenge,lets see.

  3. Oh no! that was a terrible experience. Only reading it gave me shivers. You know what.. this is one of things that makes me want to reconsider my decision of staying here forever. People sometimes are unfriendly and I am saying all. I dont even have to start telling about govt officials. Too bad!

    This is what happened with us during our ISKCON visit too. Though we know Telugu, Tamil and Hindi apart from English, these people would never answer to you in anything but Kannada. Sigh!

    I am going to come back here to read your archives, if you dont mind 😛

    • Hey no the problem is not actually about not knowing the language..this problem is common everywhere with all govt officials,I faced this issue in RTO office in my state too.
      As I mentioned the mother daughter duo were speaking in kannada still they were not given their voter’s card.

      Sorry dear I beg to not to agree to some extent with you,in Blore I feel people do help with routes and are friendly except the rick drivers 🙂 may be I am luck to get all good people 🙂

      And you are always welcome to read the archives 🙂

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