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Goa Assembly to allow use of mobiles this session

india Updated: Mar 16, 2010 16:44 IST

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Members of Goa Legislative Assembly would now be permitted to use cell phones on the floor of the House from the ensuing state Budget Session.

"The members can use the mobiles, provided they tune it to silent mode," State Legislative assembly Speaker
Pratapsingh Rane said.

Rane said the mobile can come handy for the members to browse internet and gather information during the debates.

"You can also use it for jotting down notes," the Speaker said giving much needed freedom to all the 40 members
of the House, which has Congress legislators in majority followed by Bharatiya Janata party (BJP).

The four-day Goa Legislative Assembly session is summoned on March 22.

Reporters covering the proceedings, however, have not been able to break ice with the Speaker.

Rane said the ban on use of mobile will continue for media and visitors alike.

"If we allow others than they can create mischief," the Speaker clarified.

Rane in the recent past had warned local news channels showing the assembly proceedings 'live' to desist from
telecasting the portion of proceedings which are expunged by the speaker.