Mysuru: Mysore Paints and Varnish Ltd (MPVL), a government of Karnataka undertaking which is the sole supplier of indelible ink during elections across the country has got orders from Chief Election Commission to supply 26 lakh bottles of indelible ink each measuring 10ml for the forthcoming Lok Sabha election which will be held across the country in 7 phases from April 11 to May 19. With this order, Mysore Paints and Varnish Limited will be getting Rs 33 crore.
Speaking to Newskarnataka C Hara Kumar, General Manager (Marketing), Mysore Paints and Varnish Limited confirmed that they have got orders of 26 lakh bottles, each measuring 10 ml indelible ink from Chief Election Commission. “During last Lok Sabha election, we had distributed 22 lakh bottles of indelible ink while this year we have orders for 26 lakh bottles indelible ink each measuring10 ml. The preparation to meet the requirements started in January 7, 2019, and in a couple of day’s time we will complete 26 lakh bottles of indelible ink and start dispatching to state headquarters”. He also mentioned that each indelible ink bottle measuring 10ml can be applied to nearly 700 people.
It can also be brought to light that by supplying indelible ink to RBI, Mysuru Paints Varnish Limited earned Rs 1.35 crore. On November 8, 2016, after the central government banned Rs 500 and Rs 1000 old notes, RBI asked Mysuru Paints and Varnish to provide indelible ink to mark bank customers to prevent multiple cash withdrawals. The bank staffs put small mark of indelible ink on the right-hand finger of those exchanging banned Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes for new ones to prevent crowding at banks by repeat exchangers.
In 1962, election commission in collaboration with Law Ministry, National Physical Laboratory and National Research Development Corporation made an agreement with Mysuru Paints for supply of indelible ink for not only to Lok Sabha and assembly election but also to municipalities, co-operative institution’s and organizations that by law require elections.
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