ECIL upgrades infrastructure to supply ECI order for EVMs

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Hyderabad, Oct 16 (UNI) Electronics Corporation of India (ECIL), today upgraded infrastructure facilities at its Tirupati unit to support execution of the order received from Election Commission of India (ECI)for supply of 78,000 Electronic Voting Machines(EVMs).

The EVMs are expected to be deployed in the general and state assembly elections scheduled to be held in 2009.

The Tirupati unit is geared to take up the manufacture and supply of high security carrying cases for EVMs. Earlier in 2007, the Tirupati unit had manufactured about 14,000 such cases. This activity will be labour-intensive and use locally available skill, ECIL said in a statement here.

ECIL had set-up its second unit at Tirupati in 1983, dedicated to produce the popular ECTv sets. Keeping in tune with the changing trends, the facility was used for spreading IT education through the ECIL Centre.

ECIL planned to off-load various bulk manufacturing works to this unit, including Electonic Energy Meters, Multi-purpose National Identity Cards (MNIC) involving high security printing, collation, lamination, card punching, among others.

Similar requirements are also coming up in the area of e-Governance like voter ID cards, on-line ration cards, driving licenses, sub-assemblies and parts to Defence Projects.

These new initiatives will result in gainfully utilising the local skilled manpower, apart from enhancing opportunities for small-scale units. ECIL will live up to the name it has earned, as pride of Andhra Pradesh.

At a meeting in a Government high-level Committee, K S Rajasekhara Rao, CMD had explained the unit upgradation and expressed his total satisfaction for the support the company was receiving from Local State Government authorities.

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