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Inedible ink


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The use of indelible ink on persons for stamping for home quarantine was allowed on describing the coronavirus outbreak as an extraordinary situation.

Key data’s:

  • Allowed by: Using indelible ink on persons for stamping for home quarantine by health authorities in view of COVID-19 were allowed by the Election Commission of India.
  • Location and mark: The Health Ministry may standardise the mark and the location on the body where the mark has to be applied so that it does not come in the way of conducting elections.
  • In the view of election, the concerned authorities were instructed not to use the Indelible Ink on any finger on left hand of any persons, as under Rule 49K of the Conduct of Elections Rules, 1961.
  • Records: The records of the persons to whom Indelible Ink is applied would be maintained by the concerned authorities and also they have been instructed to ensure that the Indelible Ink shall not be used for any other purpose.

About Election Commission:

  • Established year: The ECI was established on 1950, January 25th.
  • Purpose: The body has been established to conduct of free and fair elections in the country
  • Type of Body: It is a constitutional and autonomous
  • Article: The Election Commission have placed in Part XV between the Article 324 to Article 329 – deals with powers, function, tenure, eligibility, etc of the commission and the member.

Data to know:

Indelible ink:

  • Indelible ink refers to the violet-coloured ink in India that is applied on a voter’s forefinger after she exercises her vote.
  • It is known to contain silver nitrate and is manufactured in secrecy.
  • Indelible ink remains bright for about 10 days, after which it starts fading.
  • Sole supplier of the ink: The Company is the sole supplier of indelible ink for civic body, Assembly and Parliamentary polls – Mysore Paints and Varnish Ltd.
  • Exports: The ink were used in India and also it has been exported to 25 countries.

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