Union Cabinet clears funds for paper trail units

Last Updated: April 19, 2017

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Union Cabinet clears funds for paper trail units
19 April 2017 Current Affairs:

The Union Cabinet on Wednesday is said to have cleared purchase of VVPAT (voter verifiable paper audit trail) machines as requested by the Election Commission.Recently, Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Nasim Zaidi had requested the Union Law Ministry for urgent release of funds, given the “prevailing environment,” to facilitate procurement of VVPAT (voter verifiable paper audit trail) machines for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections Amid protests by Opposition parties against electronic voting machines (EVMs) without paper trail units, Mr. Zaidi said the EC felt that the procurement of VVPAT machines could not be delayed any longer.Over 16 lakh VVPATs would be required, at an estimated cost of 3,174 crore, to cover all polling stations in the next Lok Sabha polls.

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