Lucknow: The permit to vote is just a call away in Uttar Pradesh, literally!  Yes, the populace of the state would soon be relieved from going out and standing in queues to get their voter ID cards made. Now this can just happen over a phone.  The people of the state can apply for the Voter ID cards over a phone and get it delivered at home. 

The state office of the Election Commission is planning on the same and would soon launch the new service. Each district will have one centre attending the calls and forwarding the information to the booth level officer, who will then go at the relevant addresses and get the form filled with the required documents.

Umesh Sinha, state's Chief Electoral Officer said, “We will soon launch this plan. We have a large network of booth level officers.”

“With the launch of this new service, UP would become the first state to provide phone service for voter ID cards. Considering the new plan for this service, the Commission would provide door to door service for filling the forms,” Sinha added.

To date the responsibility of getting voter ID cards made lay on the voters who had to be physically present at the Tehsil headquarters with photos and documents to get the job done.

The state election officials have taken the responsibility of overturning the old system. The department has already taken some key steps for it.

According to officials, more than 50 million new identity cards in the state have been issued to voters.

The Commission had started the service of applying for identity card through website, but the complexity and the effort of sending scanned documents could not make the process successful and adoptive.

After this the Commission launched the mobile van service which helped in encouraging people to apply for Voter ID cards, but this effort too did not prove much successful as it was time consuming.

(JPN/Bureau)