Did you know you that when it is time to issue new cards, you can update your old card for any errors in the card. I had to get a new card, but others in the line with me just needed changes.
You can change your name, date of birth, gender. You can even change spelling mistakes in your address. BUT, if the address is slightly off, introducing something new, then you need to fill a separate form. Its a good thing the Government keeps checks like this and more...
One person checks to see if you have all the docs.
One person checks your name on the roster and does a little scribble on the form. You will need the scribble later.
Another takes your pic.
Another takes a print out and hands it over to the first scribblemaster. It is then you figure he is the boss.
They are paid Rs. 150 each for a 14 hour shift.
There is no replacement if they get a call from Mother. Mother Nature.
There is no replacement if they get a call from Pangs. Hunger Pangs.
So, these 4-5 dudes and dudettes in your area are the undertakers of the democratic process.
The Government does its bit by ensuring that there is no excess staff and keeps costs in check. So, you can get a new card or update your old one in about 3 hours. A small price for a vote.
Oh, and the boy taking the pic might just offer to do the paperwork for the change in address for some chai-paani.