Indelible ink for elections

Context: The election commission of India recently placed an order with Mysore Paints & Varnish Ltd. to produce indelible ink for the Karnataka assembly election. Every single election in India has a link with Mysuru, the city of palaces in Karnataka, as Mysore Paints & Varnish Ltd.

About Mysore Paints & Varnish Ltd.  

  • It is the only company authorised to produce the indelible ink used in general elections in the country.
  • It was established by Maharaja of Mysore, Nalwadi Krishnaraja Wodeyar in 1937 with the name of, Mysore Lac & Paint Works Ltd. which manufactured lac used for the manufacture of sealing waxes, and paints.
  • The unit was converted into a public limited company in 1947,
  • In 1962, it was selected to manufacture the indelible ink, which was first used in the country’s third general election.
  • From then till now, the company has supplied the ink for every Lok Sabha, Assembly and local body election across India.
  • It has also exported the ink to more than 30 countries.
  • The Election Commission of India places orders during polls.
  • The ink is made of chemicals (the primary chemical is silver nitrate) formulated in a laboratory and the entire process of its mixing, bottling, sealing, packing and transportation is carried out in a well-secured area.
  • Each vial containing 10 ml of ink would suffice for the fingers of 700 voters.

Practice MCQ

Consider the following statements regarding Mysore Paints & Varnish Ltd.

1.      It is the only establishment that is authorised to produce indelible ink in India

2.      It is a public company.

3.      It was established by the election commission of India

4.      It can’t export its products.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct

(a)    1 only

(b)   1 and 2 only

(c)    1, 2 and 3only

(d)   1, 2, 3 and 4

Ans. B

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