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Young Indian

First-time voters between the ages of 18 and 19 will be an integral part of the elections and PM Narendra Modi has already made an outreach to them. What are the issues that drive them?

K.M. Rakesh Published 23.04.24, 09:55 AM
Devika's family owns a fleet of trucks and runs the popular Puthettu travel vlog

Devika's family owns a fleet of trucks and runs the popular Puthettu travel vlog Sourced by The Telegraph

Devika Ratheesh, a college student in Kerala, is an inter-state trucker in her spare time, who drives during holidays and college breaks. Her family owns a fleet of trucks and runs the popular Puthettu travel vlog.

Name: Devika Ratheesh

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Age: 20

Occupation: BCom second year student, Rajagiri College of Management and Applied Sciences, Ernakulam

Place: Etumanoor, Kottayam

Constituency: Kottayam

Will you vote & why?: Yes; for social development and increase in employment opportunities

What the new govt should do: Once out of campus, students are making a beeline for foreign universities. But once there, they realise the lack of adequate and decent job opportunities. Since only a few manage good campus placements, my request as a voter is to generate more employment opportunities so that young talents don’t have
to try untested waters in foreign shores.

As I have been trucking around, I know how incomplete the Swachh Bharat toilets are. Some are very well built, but not maintained at all. I know this as a woman and a spare-time trucker.

What the new govt shouldn’t do: The government shouldn’t do anything that would spoil social and communal harmony among the people.

Kerala votes on April 26

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