Chandigarh: The practice followed by banks to use indelible ink mark on the forefinger of the right hand of a person exchanging the old cuurency poses threat to the voter. As the MC elections have been announced for December 18, political parties fear that voters will be deprived to cast votes as their forefingers would be already marked with indelible ink mark when he to cast his vote.
State Election Commissioner (SEC) Rakesh Mehta when contacted, said, “This can be a serious matter. I will take up the issue with Election Commissioner. Indelible Ink at forefinger of right hand is only marked once a voter casts his or her vote.”
State Bank of India in Sector 17 started the procedure of marking the forefinger of the person approaching the back to get the currency exchanged. However, Punjab National Bank waited to receive the official notification from RBI to impellent the procedure, said PNB Chief Manager S N Dubey.
He said, “We are monitoring the notification on website every minute. Once we get notification, we will implement the procedure of marking finger of the person getting the currency exchanged with indelible Ink.”
After exchanging the currency, the bank is marking the forefinger of the right hand, used by EC to mark after one casts the vote, with indelible ink so that the same person may not return to get the currency exchanged.
Nishant Kumar, after getting the currency exchanged and forefinger marked, said, “At present this is more important for me to get the currency exchanged. We don’t know whether we will be allowed to cast vote on December 18 or not as forefinger of my right hand has been marked with indelible ink.”
The Central government had recently ordered to put the indelible ink mark citing that people have been misusing the facility of exchanging the Rs 500 and Rs 1000 currency notes from different banks on same day and a day after,
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