The MP Assembly is working on a plan to fit tablets in the desk of legislators in the House, while moving forward to make its functioning paperless. The assembly has already started reducing the amount of papers used in its functioning during and beyond the sessions.
Principal secretary, state assembly, Bhagwandev Israni told HT that as of now the assembly is saving at least 2 lakh pages per year which would, if converted into money, come to around Rs 35 lakh per annum.
“We have reduced the copies of business list from 1,500 to 300 per day during the sessions. Questionnaire is being supplied to MLAs, government departments and the journalists online. In the time to come, the list of only 25 starred questions which are discussed during the question hour would be printed. The rest would be available online,” said Israni. He said the laptops had been provided to all the MLAs. They underwent trainings twice.
The assembly had the e-mail IDs of only about 150 MLAs. Once the assembly had all the e-mail IDs and tablets were fitted in the desk of the MLAs in the House they won’t need hard copies of the questionnaire and the business lists at all.
However, he said, it was too early to say how much expenses purchasing and fitting of tablets would involve and how much time it would take to see the concept in practice. The process was going on.
“I have no information as of now if any of the state assemblies in the country has this facility of tablets fitted in the Desk in the House,” he said.
According to the principal secretary, correspondence with the government departments is already being done online. Even information to MLAs is being sent through SMSes. As of now, the rule is that any document of less than three pages should be made available online only.
“Presently, we are at the stage of ‘less paper’. With measures being taken, we would see a paperless assembly functioning in the time to come,” he added.