- GS-2: Indian Foreign Policy, Indian diaspora.
- GS-2: Fundamental Rights
Context: On the assurance of the Attorney General that the Centre was looking at ways to facilitate distance voting for non-resident Indians (NRIs), mainly migrant labourers, the Supreme Court on November 1 disposed of a batch of petitions seeking remote voting for NRIs.
- The Bench led by Chief Justice U. U. Lalit said that the purpose of the petitions had been served as the government had introduced a Bill to facilitate proxy voting by overseas electors.
- The Bill, however, lapsed and a pilot project for postal voting is yet to see the light of day.
Main Practice Question: Why is it necessary to provide voting rights to NRIs? What are challenges in providing remote voting for NRIs?
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