New Delhi: Parliament
may be in a state of paralysis these days, but it has not deterred
the authorities from taking a digital leap of faith. Aiming to
make its office paperless and the members tech-savvy, the Lok
Sabha secretariat has sanctioned Rs.50,000 for each member to buy
"We are encouraging MPs to use iPads. This would save a lot of
paper," Lok Sabha Secretary General T.K. Vishwanathan told IANS.
Officials said the MPs can buy either Apple iPads or Android-based
Samsung Galaxy Tabs.
Following a decision to this effect by the Lok Sabha committee on
paperless office, the lower house secretariat has also held a
familiarisation drive for the MPs.
According to officials, they send daily notices, e-mails,
questions and answers and details of house proceedings to the MPs
in printed format.
The paper used for such communication can be saved if the MPs
start checking out this information in a digital format using
iPads, they said.
"It is easier to retrieve and rearrange information in a digital
format," said Vishwanathan.
As part of the digital drive, the Lok Sabha secretariat has
already reduced printing of many reports tabled in the House and
has instead started uploading them on the official website.
"People can download this information and print it if they want,"
The MPs too seem to be excited about the move.
"I intend to buy an iPad," S.S. Ramasubbu, Congress MP from
Tirunelveli in Tamil Nadu, told IANS.
He has also undergone the familiarisation session organised by the
To push the envelope further, Vishwanathan said he will review the
progress of the paperless office drive after the winter session.
To let the members make good use of the iPads, the secretariat is
also planning to make selective areas of the Lok Sabha
Wi-Fi-enabled so they can access reports and even watch House
Sources said due to security concerns, the floor of the house and
chambers where the standing committee meetings are held may not
The upper house of parliament, the Rajya Sabha, is already
Wi-Fi-enabled in parts, said officials.
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