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EPIC at home: EC to launch paid service in all urban areas

Written by Lalmani Verma | Lucknow | Published: June 27, 2013 4:04:24 am

The Election Commission will introduce a scheme whereby people living in an urban or metropolitan area can get their voter identity cards at home.

Under “EPIC at home service”,people can fix a time over phone when the commission’s representative will visit them,get the forms filled for registration as voter and then deliver the elector’s photo identity card (EPIC). The voter will have to pay Rs 50 per form to the EC representative,to be called facilitator.

The service will be introduced across the country. The commission’s secretary Narendra N Butolia has issued directives to Chief Electoral Officers of all states and Union Territories in this regard.

According to the EC order,“EPIC at home service” will be a paid service for urban and metropolitan areas. A person who wishes to avail of this needs to call a call centre,which will be set up at the district level,and furnish details like his name,address,contact number and the time slot when he wants the ‘facilitator’ to visit his home.

The call centres will,in turn,forward the request to the facilitator of the locality concerned.

The commission has directed the CEOs to outsource the work of facilitators to Class X-pass unemployed youths of the district or locality,having their own vehicles and mobile numbers. They should be able to read,write and understand the vernacular language and English to the effect of getting Form 6 (application form for inclusion of name in electoral rolls) filled correctly with appropriate entries.

The facilitators will go to the caller’s home at a prefixed time and get the Form 6 or other forms filled up,and collect the fees. The amount so collected will be kept by them as compensation for their work and no part of it will be deducted.

The facilitators will hand over the forms to Voter Registration Centres. The Booth-Level Officers will verify the applicant’s identity and address. After the EPIC is prepared,the facilitator will deliver it to the elector’s home within one day of receiving it from the Electoral Registration Officer’s office

UP Chief Electoral Officer Umesh Sinha said they would soon begin process of hiring facilitators,who will work under the supervision of district magistrates. Sinha said there could be more than one facilitators within a polling station.

The ‘EPIC at home service’ is being introduced in only urban areas because problems regarding voter registration and unavailability of BLOs are reported more from urban areas than rural areas,Sinha said.

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