With the aim to go paperless, the state legislature has procured laptops for legislators to carry out their official work. The laptops have been bought on pilot basis, each priced close to Rs1.5lakh.
The budget session of the state legislature is starting from March 6 and council legislators will have to work on these laptops.
Confirming this, Anant Kalse, principal secretary, said that they had decided to go paperless. “This will start at the legislative council on pilot basis as the strength of the Upper House is much lower when compared with the strength of the Assembly,” Kalse said.
We will decide about extending the facility to the Assembly depending on its success,” he added.
The legislative council has 78 members while the strength of the state assembly is 288.
A senior official said that they had procured 88 laptops, 78 for legislators and 10 for officials of the council involved in day-to-day business of the House.
“These are the latest hybrid laptops launched by HP recently. With a 15 inch display, the laptops have a touch screen with 8 GB RAM (Ramdom Access Memory) and one TB (TeraByte) storage capacity. Dual camera, Sim card slots, and an expandable memory are some of the other specifications of the laptops. The total cost of all of them has come to around Rs1.25 crore,” informed the official.
Significantly, the laptops will be used only in the House as they will be fixed to the desk of each legislator. They will use them during the proceedings of the House. High-speed WiFi will also be provided for the laptops.
All documents necessary for conducting day to day business of the House will be loaded in the laptops. It will include the question list, attention motions and bills.
The administration will also train legislators so that they can use the laptops effectively. This will also help them understand the facilities being provided by the administration for making the working paperless.
The first training session of the legislators will be conducted on Monday.