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Budget 2021: Law Ministry gets allocation for procurement of EVMs by EC

Another Rs 7.20 crore has been allocated for elector photo identity cards

Budget 2021 | Union Budget | EVMs

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

File photo of a poll officer with an Electronic Voting Machines (EVM) | PTI Photo

The Union has been allocated Rs 1,005 crore in the central Budget to provide funds to the for procurement of ballot units, control units and voter verifiable paper audit trial units (VVPATS), and ancillary expenditure on and destruction of obsolete voting machines.

One control unit, at least on ballot union and one or paper trail machines constitute one EVM.

Obsolete are destroyed under the supervision of an expert unit following a set protocol. A voting machine has an average life of 15 years.

The Bharat Electronics Ltd (BEL) and Electronics Corporation of India Limited (ECIL) are the two public sector undertakings which manufacture the EVM.

The ministry has also been allocated Rs 100 crore for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. The provision is for meeting "carry forward liability" in respect of charges for conduct of general Lok Sabha elections, the budget document said.

Another Rs 7.20 crore has been allocated for elector photo identity cards.

The provision is for reimbursement of central government's share to state and union territory governments on issuance of voter identity cards.

Under the "other election expenses" head, the ministry has been allocated Rs 57.10 crore. The provision is for reimbursement of central government's share on normal election expenditure to the state and Union Territory governments and the cost of preparation and printing of electoral rolls, the document said.

Separately, the has been allocated Rs 249.16 crore. The provision is mainly for the establishment related expenditure of the poll panel and for the expenditure to be incurred on the purchase of land and pre-construction activities for additional building for the

The additional building is to come up in Dwarka.

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First Published: Mon, February 01 2021. 16:48 IST