Kolkata: For the upcoming elections on April 18, poll booths would be adorned with the portraits of inspiring personalities like Rabindranth Tagore and Swami Vivekananda. The approach will make voting a pleasant experience in West Bengal.
A directive has been sent to school managements as well as the state Education Department on behalf of the EC that all booths housed in schools will have to be decorated with paintings and thoughts of famous personalities.
The OSD of the Chief Electoral Commissioner, Amit Roy Chowdhury, said that portraits of Rabindranath Tagore and thoughts of such personalities as Swami Vivekananda, Rishi Aurobindo and Kazi Nazrul Islam would be installed in the booths.
The directive states that the paintings and portraits will be done by students of the schools where the polling stations are based under the supervision of their teachers.Chowdhury said that the purpose of the exercise is not only to make voting a pleasant experience, but also to raise awareness about the importance of participating in the election process.
An official of the Education Department, however, referred to lack of funds for arranging raw materials for doing up the school rooms. “We will try our best to do what has been directed by the EC, but lack of funds is also a matter of concern as painting the walls need raw materials,” he said.