EC told us not to share ink with banks: Goa poll officials

Panaji, Nov 18 (IANS) The Election Commission of India (EC) has written to poll authorities in Goa not to share its stock of indelible ink with banks and other agencies, a senior official said on Friday.

“Indelible ink is requisitioned during the time of elections. A communication has come from the Commission that even the previous stock should not be given to them… we should not part with our stock,” Joint Chief Electoral Officer Narayan Navti told IANS when asked if there was a directive from the EC about sharing of indelible ink with banks.

Earlier this week, as part of the demonetisation campaign, the Finance Ministry asked banks to use indelible ink to prevent people from making repeated multiple transactions at banks.

The measure was initiated in order to reduce the rush at banks all over India, which are witnessing unprecedented queues, with anxious customers keen on replacing and depositing old currency notes and withdrawing the stipulated amounts of money from their accounts.

“We will be monitoring the situation if there is any over supply… If it (indelible ink) is applied, it will last for two weeks. Because of elections, we will also keep an eye to prevent any possible misuse of the ink,” Chief Electoral Officer Kunal said.