The Election Commission plans to roll out the plan across Maharashtra by the end of this year.
Mumbai: There are quite a few takers for the Election Commission’s recent venture: to hand out smart voter ID cards to citizens for the price of Rs 50.
The project, which was started in July last year in 11 districts of Maharashtra on a pilot basis, has had 9,000 registrations until November. Based on this success, the Election Commission plans to roll out the plan across Maharashtra by the end of this year. This smart voter ID card is a bar-coded plastic card, made for durability and ease.
In a memorandum of understanding signed between the Election Commission and the Common Service Centre (CSC), which is a third party, the EC decided to hand out these cards to citizens, at a minimal cost of Rs 50.
All registered voters can approach the returning officer of their respective constituency to avail of the service.