Law ministry

Union budget 2021: Ministry of Justice obtains allocation for the purchase of EVM by the EC

The electoral commission will receive Rs 1,000 crore in the next financial year for the purchase of new electronic voting machines, according to the Union budget presented by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Monday.

“The provision is intended to provide funds to the electoral commission for the purchase of voting units, control units and paper audit trail units verifiable by voters by the electoral commission and ancillary expenses on EVMs and destruction of obsolete EVMs,” the budget documents refer to the Rs 1,000. crore allowance for capital expenditure.

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The budget also allocated Rs 169.30 crore to the Commission to meet deferred obligations for the conduct of Lok Sabha elections, issue photo ID cards to voters and cover other election expenses such as preparation and printing of voters lists.

Sitharaman has also allocated Rs 776 crore to set up the infrastructure for the subordinate judiciary.

The allowances are mentioned in the budgetary provisions of the Ministry of Law and Justice, which is the nodal ministry of the electoral commission.

The Commission was also allotted Rs 249.16 Crore – mainly for expenses related to the establishment of the Voting Committee and for expenses to be incurred for the purchase of land and pre-construction activities for a building additional for the Electoral Commission which is preparing for Dwarka. suburb of the national capital.

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

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

The ministry was also allocated Rs 100 crore for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. The provision is intended to cover “deferred liability” in respect of costs related to the conduct of the Lok Sabha general elections, the budget document states.

Another Rs 7.20 crore was allocated for voter photo ID cards.

In addition, the budget has also earmarked Rs. 200 crore for the establishment of special expedited courts for expeditious trial and settlement of pending cases under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offenses Act.

The Center had approved the establishment of 1,023 special expedited courts to adjudicate pending rape cases and the protection of children from sexual offences, 2012, across the country.

Under ‘other election expenses’, the ministry was allocated Rs 57.10 crore. The provision is for reimbursement of the central government‘s share of normal election expenses to state and union territory governments and the cost of preparing and printing voter lists, according to the document.

(With PTI inputs)