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NGO welcomes web eye on netas

Nivedita Khandekar, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, August 30, 2013
First Published: 01:26 IST(30/8/2013) | Last Updated: 01:29 IST(30/8/2013)

Welcoming the live webcast of the Delhi assembly’s proceedings, Satark Nagarik Sangathan (SNS), the NGO that was instrumental in getting a CIC order to this effect, said it would enable people to monitor the performance of their elected representatives.   

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The webcast, aimed at greater transparency in the functioning of legislators, comes at a time when political parties are unanimously supporting amendments in the Right to Information Act to exclude themselves from its purview.

“The broadcast of the assembly proceedings will enable Delhites to monitor what their political representatives are doing — whether they are attending the assembly, raising appropriate questions and making relevant laws,” said Anjali Bhardwaj, a member of the SNS.

Starting this session, the proceedings of the Delhi Legislative Assembly are being webcast live at webcast.nic.in/delhiassembly. As reported by HT, this is the result of a sustained follow-up by the SNS of the Central Information Commission’s (CIC) August 2012 order.  

Delhi is the third state in the country — after Kerala and Andhra Pradesh — to webcast live its assembly proceedings.

The CIC order had directed the assembly secretariat to develop a hyperlink on their website to provide live telecast/webcast of the proceedings.  


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