Mysore Paints & Varnish Ltd. (MVPL) located in the eastern suburb of Mysore is the only supplier of the indelible election ink that is used by the Election Commission of India in every election for marking.
This year too, the 82-year-old company located just 140km from Bengaluru is providing 26 lakh Phials of violet ink for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections 2019 which is 4.5 lakh Phials more than last time.
MYPL To Earn 330 Million From 2019 Indian General Elections
MVPL will send the unique violet election ink prepared by the little-known state enterprise in the upcoming few weeks to all the 28 states and 7 Union Territories of the country. They will send the special ink in 10ml plastic bottles having a size of 7.5 cm each.
The company has bee supplying ink to the Election Commission since 1962. According to reports, the company is poised to earn around 330 million in revenues from the upcoming Indian general elections in 2019.
The company established in 1937 by Nalwadi Krishnaraja Wodeyar was an attempt by the then Maharaja of Mysore to improve prospects of local employment.
Ever since then, the company has been engaged in manufacturing seal wax that is used in the supplied paint for war tanks of the Defence Department of India.
MYPL Exports Unique Ink To 30 Countries
Apart from the Indian Government, MYPL also supplies this unique election ink to governments of other countries in the world. According to the Managing Director of MVPL, Dr. Chandrashekhar Doddamani, “We export the indelible ink to more than 30 countries across the globe since the last two decades.”
The export of the ink has been slowly increasing over the years. In the financial year 2016-17, the export generated 8.5 million for the company whereas immediately next year it generated a revenue of 64 million.
In the financial year 18-19, the export of the violet election ink has reached to 156.8 million which is quite noteworthy.
Composition Used in Election Ink
MYPL uses silver nitrate in the violet ink because it is soluble in water and forms an inky black solution. When the ink is put on the skin, the silver nitrate in it reacts with the salt on the skin and forms silver chloride.
This silver chloride is not soluble in water and clings strongly to the skin. You cannot wash it off with water and soap.
You cannot even wash it off with alcohol, bleach, hot water or even nail polish remover. The ink will disappear only when the old cells of the skin will die and will be replaced by a new one.