Govt seeks ₹1,600 crore to pay EVM suppliers
The government has sought over ₹1,637 crore in the current fiscal to allow the Law Ministry to make payments to two suppliers of EVMs and paper trail machines ahead of the Lok Sabha elections.
The government, in the third batch of supplementary demands for grants for 2018-19, has sought Parliament’s approval for ₹1,637.14 crore to allow the Law Ministry to pay the Electronics Corporation of India Ltd and Bharat Electronics Ltd for electronic voting machines and paper trail machines, according to the document.
The third batch of supplementary demands for grants will be passed by February 13 when the Budget session concludes.
The two public sector undertakings tasked with manufacturing the latest M3 type EVMs, which are to be used in the Lok Sabha elections due this summer, have delivered the lot comprising nearly 22.3 lakh ballot units and 16.3 lakh control units to the Election Commission.
Around 22.3 lakh ballot units, 16.3 lakh control units and nearly 17.3 lakh VVPATs or paper trail machines will be used for the 2019 LS polls. The number of machines includes the buffer stock for training as well as replacements.