Indelible Ink is popularly known as Voter's Ink to mark on voter’s finger during elections to avoid fraudulent multiple voting & malpractices. It is not an ordinary ink once it is applied on the finger it remains for few months.
The credibility of producing the special ink goes to the Mysore Paints and Varnish Limited (MPVL) the Government of Karnataka undertaking which is supplying this ink to India and various foreign countries.
In India it has been a great challenge for the government and the election commission to hold and complete the process of general elections. In achieving this and to eliminate the fake voting the election commission has introduced a measure using Indelible Ink which is put on the left hand finger nail of the voter. The Indelible Ink cannot be removed by any chemical, detergents or oil, it remains for few months.
Mysore Paints and Varnish Limited (MPVL) specialized in manufacturing and supply of quality Indelible Ink in association with the Election Commission of India, National Physical Laboratory and National Research Development Corporation. It is the sole authorized supplier of this type of foolproof Indelible Ink in India having exclusive license granted by National Research Development Corporation (NRDC) New Delhi since 1962.
Mysore Paints & Varnish Ltd., was established during 1937 by late Nalwadi Krishnaraja Wodeyar, Then the Maharaja of Mysore province under the nomenclature 'Mysore Lac & Paint Works Ltd. During 1989 it was renamed as 'Mysore Paints & Varnish Ltd' In 1962 the Election Commission in collaboration with Union Law Ministry The National Physical Laboratory (NPL) and National Research Development Corporation (NRDC) made an agreement with Mysore Paints and Varnish Ltd., for supplying this ink for the Parliament, Assembly and other general elections to all the states in India. Beginning with 1962 general elections it has been supplying indelible ink for Elections in India.
Apart from supplying indelible ink to Indian elections, Mysore Paints & Varnish Ltd has been exporting the Ink to 28 countries across the world since 1976, to name some few countries are: Turkey, South Africa, Nigeria, Nepal, Ghana, Papua-New Guinea, Burkina Faso, Canada, Togo, Sierra Leone, Malaysia, Cambodia etc.