1. Don’t use indelible ink in poll bound areas: Election Commission to Finance Ministry

Don’t use indelible ink in poll bound areas: Election Commission to Finance Ministry

The Election Commission of India on Friday wrote to the Finance Ministry and expressed its objection to the use of indelible ink on people who exchange money in banks in election-bound areas.

By: | Published: November 18, 2016 10:24 AM
demonetisation, demonetisation effect, indelible ink demonetisation, banks indelible ink, election commission indelible ink, election commission use of indelible ink, election commission objects to use of indelible nk The Election commission wrote to the FM and objected to the use of indelible ink on prospective voters. (PTI)

The Election Commission of India on Friday wrote to the Finance Ministry and expressed its objection to the use of indelible ink on people who exchange money in banks in election-bound areas. Earlier on Wednesday , Economic Affairs Secretary Shaktikanta Das had announced the use of indelible ink on those exchanging the old Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes in banks. Speaking to the media, he had said that the ministry had received reports that “unscrupulous” elements of the society, who were trying to convert black money into white had organised groups of innocent people to send them from one branch to another in order to exchange and get Rs 4,500 each. He said that as a result of this, the benefit of withdrawing cash only went to a few people.
Although, the move has been widely criticised in some circles. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday went on social networking site Twitter and condemned the move. She said that this was a desperate move by the government to start a “black mechanism” and it showed that the government did not trust its own people. Use of indelible ink on people had also been condemned by the opposition as it “violated” certain rights. Twitteratis though seemed to have a mixed reaction to the whole scenario.

Meanwhile, Mamata Banerjee had also warned the government about the opinion of the election commission on the use of indelible ink on prospective voters, when the by-elections were to begin on November 19. States like Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Tripura, West Bengal, Madhya Pradesh, Tamil Nadu etc would be going through the process of by-elections on November 19. The use of indelible ink was ordered by the government after allegations of malpractice by various consumers at banks while exchanging the old Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes.

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    ATM Hunter
    Nov 18, 2016 at 6:14 am
    Hahaha!!! Anybody else notice that the picture used in this article unwittingly depicts what the common man thinks about this currency ban? Don't get it? Search 'what middle finger means' :)
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      Rabi Mishra
      Nov 18, 2016 at 5:46 am
      Is the Election Commission comprises s? Cant it go a soecific finger for election purposes other than the one inked at the Banks? I suppose the Banks ink specific finger too.
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        raj
        Nov 18, 2016 at 6:59 am
        Why NOT Election Commission do some thing on Corrupt / Murderer / Rapiest Politician who take part in Election??
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          Sri
          Nov 18, 2016 at 10:57 am
          Another white lie from IE. EC release merely asks banks to keep the EC's process in mind while using ink in banks."ln view of the current bye-elections and upcoming general elections to Legislative emblies of some of the states, it is requested that the above mentioned provisions of Rules regarding application of indelible ink at elections and the commission’s instructions in this regard should be duly taken into consideration in the context of the reported move to apply indelible ink in connection with demonetization process so that the same does not affect the election process in any manner."
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            Sri
            Nov 18, 2016 at 10:57 am
            Cross posting from IE website: Another white lie from IE. EC release merely asks banks to keep the EC's process in mind while using ink in banks."ln view of the current bye-elections and upcoming general elections to Legislative emblies of some of the states, it is requested that the above mentioned provisions of Rules regarding application of indelible ink at elections and the commission’s instructions in this regard should be duly taken into consideration in the context of the reported move to apply indelible ink in connection with demonetization process so that the same does not affect the election process in any manner."main1/current/IndelibleInk_16102016.pdf
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            1. Bala Krishnan
              Nov 18, 2016 at 5:30 am
              You do not chop the finger because of a minor cut. Inking is a must to prevent nefarious exchange of money. Ink the pinky finger........or Ink a finger on the left hand for exchange..............and ink one on the right hand for elctions
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