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High-tech edge to MPs to improve debate levels

delhi Updated: Mar 12, 2013 23:40 IST
Prasad Nichenametla
Prasad Nichenametla
Hindustan Times
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No more snooze, chitchat or passive participation of members during the House debates. The members of Parliament could soon acquire a high-tech edge for them to actively participate in the house business.

The ministry of parliamentary affairs has proposed to fit the member's desks with an iPad or a similar tab, to supply real time information flow.

MPs could browse data – Parliamentary procedures, Constitutional provisions, house business etc fed into the tabs and also search any topic through internet – instantly informing themselves and take keen interest in the ongoing debate.

"MP's toe the party line, mostly, supporting or opposing a move. The arrangement would help them present their stand in more informed manner. We expect the initiative also ushers in higher participation in debates," a Parliament official told HT.

The proposal from parliamentary affairs secretary Desh Deepak Verma is following a visit to South African Parliament where in-house information kiosks are set up to access information.

The suggestions agreed to by the minister Kamal Nath are being sent to Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha secretariats for further action.