Delhi Assembly to go paperless

The Delhi Assembly has sent a project report to Union Ministry of Information and Technology for e-Vidhan Sabha, said Assembly Speaker Ram Niwas Goel to mark the first anniversary of the current Vidhan Sabha on Tuesday.

“To ensure transparency, improve efficiency, reduce cost and adopt eco-friendly mechanism, the Assembly is moving towards a ‘paperless’ set-up,” he said.

“A project report has already been submitted to the Ministry of Information and Technology. Officers of the Assembly had a first-hand experience of the working with Himachal Assembly which has already started work on this project.”

As decided in the meeting of the General Purposes Committee, the Assembly has formally applied to the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting seeking permission to launch an independent television channel on the lines of RSTV and Lok Sabha Television, he added.

“An expert consultant has been appointed for this purpose who will assist in this project besides suggesting alternative means to provide quality feed to the media as well as general public.”

The Speaker added that AAP MLAs will also attend a workshop on the procedures involved in formulation of the Delhi Budget for smooth House proceedings.

Leader of Opposition in Vidhan Sabha Vijender Gupta termed the period as “black year” and “worst” since the formation of the Delhi Assembly.

“The Speaker didn’t act as an independent authority but continued to function as part of the ruling party. BJP MLAs were forcibly removed and their democratic rights were violated. The Opposition was not allowed to raise issues of public interests,” said Gupta.

“The democratic values, constitutional authorities and provisions as well as rules and regulation of the Delhi government were thrown to wind during this period in the Vidhan Sabha.”

Gupta added that important decisions approved by the House were not referred to Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung for statutory approval and “are therefore vulnerable to judicial scrutiny and subsequent annulment”.

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