NEW DELHI: Practically 160 tonne of biomedical waste within the type of gloves, face masks and empty sanitiser bottles utilized by polling personnel and voters was generated through the Bihar meeting polls held amid the COVID-19 pandemic, ballot authorities within the state have stated.
The ballot authorities additionally relied on a reasonable however efficient expertise used to trace EVMs to make sure that the waste reached public well being centres for its onward journey to the incinerator.
To make sure security of voters, polling workers and safety personnel within the first-ever polls held amid the pandemic, the Election Fee had procured 18 lakh face shields, 70 lakh face masks, 5.four lakh single use rubber gloves for polling and safety personnel and seven.21 crore ‘one hand’ single use polythene gloves for voters to press the EVM button and signal the register on the polling stations.
It had additionally purchased a complete of 29 lakh hand sanitiser bottles of 100 and 500 ml.
As per the rules issued by the Election Fee and ballot authorities in Bihar, the polling stations have been sanitised a day earlier than election and 3 times on the day of the election.
The workplace of the Chief Electoral Officer of Bihar had sought the assistance of the state well being division to determine on “COVID security materials” for the three part elections.
The protection materials which included face masks, face shields, gloves and private sanitiser bottles have been put in a bag meant for a polling social gathering of six individuals.
“They have been educated for disposal of the security materials additionally. It could possibly be littered wherever,” Bihar Chief Electoral Officer H R Srinivas advised PTI.
He stated roughly, 160 tonne of biomedical waste was generated.
All districts have its biomedical waste (BMW) disposal company.
“The problem was the company would elevate BMW from well being centres, hospitals however not elevate from polling stations. The districts then appointed BMW staff,” Srinivas stated.
On polling day, the employees would place two yellow-coloured dustbins per polling station for disposal of used masks, gloves and sanitiser bottles.
A workforce with a car and BMW staff was tagged with 10 to 15 polling stations.
After the polling was concluded, the workforce would decide up the dustbins from the polling stations and produce it to the general public well being centre it was tagged to.
From the PHC, the waste was taken for incineration in polythene baggage.
Responding to a query on how the autos with biomedical waste was tracked given the well being hazard concerned, Srinivas stated at such a discover it was not potential to get every car fitted with a GPS machine.
This can be very pricey and is of little use after the elections, he stated.
Digital voting machines should be tracked when they’re transported.
For that objective, ballot authorities use “Election Monitoring Enabled System” or Ele-Traces, an utility developed by NIC.
“There’s zero expenditure concerned. It’s a stunning app…Two folks (per car) have been requested to obtain the app and so they have been tracked,” the Bihar CEO defined.