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Election Commission launches PPRTMS-an online system

On January 1, 2020, the Election Commission of India launched an online system that will allow political parties to track their applications. The system is called Political Parties Registration Tracking Management System (PPRTMS).

Highlights

The system will track applications registered by political parties. The status of the application shall be obtained through SMS or e-mail. The system works on a real time basis.

For a political party to contest in election, it has to submit an application to the election commission. The commission checks if the party satisfies the criteria governed by section 29A of Representation of People Act, 1951.

Section 29A of RP act, 1951

Under the section, a party has to submit an application to the election commission within 30 days of its formation. Under the act, a party is eligible to get registered as “National Political Party of India” only if it satisfies following criteria

  • The party should secure at least 6% of votes in four or more states at an election to assembly or parliament
  • Also, the party should win at least four seats in House of People

A party is eligible to get registered as “State Political Party” if it satisfies the following criteria

  • The party should win 6% of votes polled in state elections
  • It should win at least 2 seats in legislative assembly of the state.

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CSC e-Governance India restarts Aadhaar registration work

CSC e-Governance Services India Ltd, a special purpose vehicle (SPV) under Union Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (Meity) restarted Aadhaar registration and other related works which it plans to expand across the country next week. Aadhaar is now being used as primary identity document.

Key Highlights

The Common Service Centres (CSC) SPV has signed an agreement with Aadhaar custodian, Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), to roll out Aadhaar enrollment, make corrections and changes in profile of unique ID holders within its premises.

CSC SPV have restarted Aadhaar registration work from its headquarters in Okhla, New Delhi. However, soon, this facility will be started in CSCs in 27 state capitals and gradually this facility will be started in all district headquarters across India.

Background

Since its inception the Aadhaar-based authentication services have been used nearly to 37,000 crore times and at present UIDAI receives about 3 crore authentication requests every day. However, earlier around two years back, the Aadhaar enrolment work at CSCs in rural areas was stopped following complaints of data leakage and non-compliance with security standards set by UIDAI.

Currently, there are around 3.6 lakh CSCs in country that provide government services online to people in rural areas and small towns. The restart of this unique ID registration work coincides with Aadhaar project crossing 125-crore mark, which means that more than 1.25 billion Indians have 12-digit unique identity number.

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