Significance of Voter's ink



Elections are on the cards. The voting procedures are not complete until you get a mark on your finger with a permanent ink. Looking at your ink-stained finger have you ever wondered from where this ink comes from and its significance?

The ink called as the
Indelible ink is used as a security feature to prevent double voting.It is manufactured at Mysore Paints & Varnish Limited (MVPL), situated at Mysore, Karnataka.

The company is the only manufacturing unit in the
country to produce and
supply indelible ink to the Election
Commission.

The ink-marking rule was changed in 2006 from a 'dot' to a 'line' from top of nail upto the first joint of the finger. The rule changed and so the quantity, which is doubled to 10ml in each phial
Each polling booth is given two bottles of 10ml each for making the line on about 700 voters.

Thanks to the huge election ink order, the profitable Karnataka-owned public sector undertaking, will post a sales turnover of Rs.160 million(Rs.16 crore) for this fiscal(2008-09)
as against 90million(Rs.9 crore) last fiscal (2007-08).

The MVPL also supplies voter ink to countries like Canada, Cambodia, the Maldives, Nepal, Nigeria, South Africa and Turkey.

8 comments:

Jnaneshwara said...

Nice info article,Nive..I am Proud of Institue and Karnataka.

nanditha tm said...

oh..thanks for the info.I find your blog really informative and spreading awareness.Good going.

niveditha said...

thanks nandu..

Bharat said...

The story of the indelible ink is incredible.Even more incredible is the the process to register and verify the 670 million voters.Our elections require 1 million voting machines and more than 4 million officials. The cost of doing this is over Rs.1500 crores.

niveditha said...

Nice to know this.Thanks Bharat

Arunendra said...

good info...

Avinash T M said...

superb information

chithira said...

nice one..didnt kno tht the ink was a spl one..:)

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