Dampening the mood of the political parties,which are busy preparing for the upcoming Assembly elections,the West Bengal Pollution Control Board (WBPCB) issued circulars banning the use of microphones in the state during the ongoing state board examinations.
We have been following this directive since 1997. There will be a total ban on the use of microphones in public places from three days before the examination starts till the day the examination ends, said Biswajit Mukherjee,law officer of WBPCB.
Mukherjee said that microphones cannot be used for any political or cultural programmes during the specified period and if any violation occurs,the local administration will take action against it.
Owing to the ban,all political parties are bracing up to have a series of rallies and programmes before February 20. The West Bengal Board of Secondary Examination will start from February 23 and will end on March 7. Soon after this,the West Bengal Council of Higher Secondary Examination will start from March 16,which will end on April 8.
In the interim period after the madhyamik examination ends,the political parties can organise rallies till March 13.
Around 10 lakh students will appear for the madhyamik examination and about five lakh students will take the higher secondary examination.
The WBCPCB has sent copies of the order to all district headquarters and have urged the administration to be more vigillant this time.