Amid the ongoing debate over use of Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT)-enabled EVM machines in elections, the Centre on Wednesday cleared the proposal of the Election Commission (EC) to buy new VVPAT-enabled EVM machines.

The EC has so far given 11 reminders to the government since June 2014, seeking funds for VVPAT machines

Chief Election Commissioner Nasim Zaidi had last year written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi for funds to buy the machines.

Earlier this month, top leaders from the Opposition including Ghulam Nabi Azad, party president Sonia Gandhi and vice president Rahul Gandhi met President Pranab Mukherjee and apprised him over the issue of EVM tampering in the recently held assembly elections. Other political parties such as BSP and AAP were also demanding the use of VVPAT-enabled EVM machines in elections. 

(With inputs from agencies)