On the occasion of 108th birth anniversary of Dr Yashwant Singh Parmar, the first chief minister of Himachal Pradesh, the state assembly went online on Monday.
It has become the first assembly in the country to go paperless and adopt the advanced online technology for its day-to-day proceedings. Under the e-Vidhan project, there would be no paper laying in the house.
Chief minister Virbhadra Singh, who inaugurated the e-Vidhan project in the House, said it was a matter of honour for the state Vidhan Sabha that it has become the first assembly in the country to adopt such technology. “It will not only increase the work efficiency but also save the time of government staff,” said the chief minister.
Elaborating on the e-Vidhan project, speaker Brij Bihari Lal Butail said that the assembly proceedings will be completely paperless with the implementation of this technology. This project includes online introduction of bills and laying of various reports and providing written replies to questions inside the house. Everything would be handled through touch-screen system installed on every member's seat.
He said the information to be provided to media persons would also be digitalised and made available online.
The speaker also said that there were apprehensions among some people about this project. “It is normal that we don't accept any change easily, but I believe that this project will achieve success,” said Butail.
A Kochi-based IT company, SBL, designed the whole project. Under the Rs. 8.2 crore e-Vidhan project, the secretariat interface will manage the Questions Processing System (QPS) by accepting the questions from members, issuing notices to departments, accepting replies from departments, approving the answers and fixing the dates by the secretariat, besides creating list of business for the day during the assembly session.
After inaugurating the e-Vidhan project, chief minister Virbhadra Singh also attended a function organised to mark the birth anniversary YS Parmar.
Speaking on the occasion, he said that Parmar was a great man and a visionary politician who laid the foundation of modern Himachal Pradesh. “We are following the path shown by Parmar for the state's development,” he added.
Virbhadra said Parmar struggled for the identity of Himachal Pradesh and also paved the path for socio-economic development of the state.
Speaker Butail said, “Parmar understood the pain of the weaker sections and selflessly worked for the uplift of farmers, horticulturists and the common man”.
On this occasion, Parmar's son and former legislator Kush Parmar, daughters-in-law Satya Parmar, Pam Parmar and grandchildren were present, besides state ministers and belonging to both the ruling Congress and the opposition BJP.