Law ministry

Budget 2022: Ministry of Justice secures Rs 1525 crore for new EVMs

The ministry also received funds for Lok Sabha polls and photo ID cards for voters.

The Ministry of Justice has been allocated Rs 1,525 Crore in the Union Budget 2022-23 to provide funds to the Electoral Commission for the purchase of new electronic voting machines and the destruction of voting machines obsolete. The ministry also received funds for Lok Sabha polls and photo ID cards for voters.

The Legislative Department of the Ministry of Union Law is the nodal body responsible for dealing with matters related to the Election Commission and Election Laws. A sum of Rs 1525 crore has been allocated to provide funds to the Electoral Commission for the purchase of Voting Units, Control Units and Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trial Units (or paper track machines) and ancillary expenditure on electronic voting machines and the destruction of obsolete voting machines. A control unit and at least one voting unit form an EVM.

Following a rigorous protocol, old EVMs are destroyed under the supervision of a panel of experts. An EVM has an average lifespan of 15 years. Under the direction of the electoral bodies, a total of Rs 292 crore has been allocated, including Rs 180 crore for Lok Sabha elections and Rs 18 crore for photo ID cards.

The Lok Sabha election provision is intended to address “deferred liability” for costs related to the conduct of parliamentary elections. The last Lok Sabha elections were held in 2019. The provision for voter ID cards relates to reimbursement from the central government to states and UTs when issuing photo ID cards to voters.