Infrastructure of Polling Booth in connection with Lok Sabha Election, 2014

Government of West Bengal
Minority Affairs & Madrasah Education Department
325, Sarat Chatterjee Road, Howrah – 711 102.

No. 2407(2)-MD/O/2M-114/13 Dated: 26.12.2013

From: Shri G.H.O. Rahman, W.B.C.S. (Exe.),
Joint Secretary to the Government of West Bengal.

To: 1. The Director,
Madrasah Education Directorate, West Bengal.

2. The Secretary,
West Bengal Board of Madrasah Education.

Sub: At a glance report on Infrastructural uses at Polling Stations situate in Madrasahs.


I am directed to forward herewith a copy of D.O. letter No. 214/CEO/WB/13 dt. 13.12.2013 received in this Department from Shri Sunil Kumar Gupta, IAS, Chief Electoral Officer, West Bengal along with its enclosures, on the subject cited above and to request you to take appropriate steps in this matter for providing the basic infrastructural support required in those institutions.

Yours faithfully,

Sd/- Joint Secretary
to the Government of West Bengal.

D.O. No. 214/CEO/WB/13 Date: 13.12.2013

This is to inform you that various preparatory activities in connection with the General Elections to the Lok Sabha 2014 are going on in full swing at present in all the districts of West Bengal as per the Standing instructions of the Election Commission of India. One of the important preparatory activities is the finalization of the list of Polling Stations.

As you are kindly aware, out of the 80,000 Polling booth in our State, most are located in Primary, Secondary, Higher Secondary Schools, Shishu Siksha Kendras, Madhya Siksha Kendras, Madrasahs as well as Colleges, Technical and other educational institutions.

The Election Commission of India is specially concerned with providing the minimum infrastructure to the voters at these Polling stations during the Elections. Over the period of years and with your active co-operation, we have been able to improve the condition of the schools, colleges and other educational institutions to a great extent.

However, there is still a lot of improvement which may he done in providing the very basic infrastructure like ramp for easy access to the Polling booths by Persons with Disability, electricity, separate toilets for male and female voters, drinking water and shade for the voters.

We have already collected the reports from all the District Election Officers in this regard. The report reveals some critical gaps in the basic infrastructure at the schools, colleges and other educational institutions. A soft copy of the report, pertaining to your department is appended herewith.

I would earnestly request you to kindly go through the report and address the lack of basic infrastructure in these schools, colleges and other educational institutions from your department’s resources. This may be given top most priority in view of the fact that the General Elections are round the corner.


No. of Polling Stations in Madrasha808
No. of Polling Stations not having drinking water28
No. of Polling Stations not having electricity139
No. of Polling Stations not having toilet22
No separate toilet for Female/Male130
No. of Polling Stations not having ramp168

No. 2407-MD dated 26.12.2013

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