The district administration in Rajasthan’s Barmer organised a ‘Snakes and Ladders’ game on a 1,600 square feet board to create awareness among local voters and ensure their participation in the poll process.
The game, similar to the traditional ‘Snakes and Ladders’, has more or less same rules, though in it, the penalty of being bitten by the snake is due to ignoring voting norms or casting votes under influence of money, caste, liquor or pressure.
The snake bites also signify that the voter avoided registration in the voters list, did not cast his vote on the poll day or was involved in spreading rumours or misleading information.
Climbing the ladder means the voter ensured their registration in the electoral rolls, participated in the democratic system by casting their vote, generated awareness among other people, motivated them about the electoral process and helped the aged or specially-abled people in the voting process.
That time, it was listed in the ‘Limca Book of Records’, he said, adding that when he came to know this, he planned to utilise the idea also for generating awareness about the electoral process. He said that the administration is also planning to submit its claim for this event to for entry into the record book.