Parliament – Sessions, Procedures, Motions, Committees etc

E-Vidhan System for Paperless Legislation

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From UPSC perspective, the following things are important :

Prelims level : National e-Vidhan Application (NeVA)

Mains level : Parliamentary efficiency

A delegation of MLAs from Gujarat visited the UP Legislative Assembly to learn about the novel e-Vidhan system for paperless proceedings that has been recently adopted by the UP state assembly.

E-Vidhan System

  • The National e-Vidhan Application (NeVA) is a system for digitising the legislative bodies of all Indian states and the Parliament through a single platform.
  • It includes a website and a mobile app.
  • The house proceedings, starred/unstarred questions and answers, committee reports etc. will be available on the portal.
  • Nagaland became the first state to implement NeVA, in March this year.

Significance of NeVA

  • There has been a shift towards digitisation in recent years by the government.
  • NeVA aims for streamlining information related to various state assemblies, and to eliminate the use of paper in day-to-day functioning.
  • PM Modi mentioned the idea of “One Nation One Legislative Platform” in November 2021.
  • A digital platform not only gives the necessary technological boost to our parliamentary system, but also connects all the democratic units of the country.

Has this been done elsewhere?

  • Himachal Pradesh’s Legislative Assembly implemented the pilot project of NeVA in 2014, where touch-screen devices replaced paper at the tables of the MLAs.
  • Though both Houses of Parliament have not gone fully digital yet, governments world over are heading towards embracing the digital mode.
  • In December last year, the Government of Dubai became the world’s first government to go 100 percent paperless.
  • It announced all procedures were completely digitised.
  • This, as per a government statement, would cut expenditure by USD 350 million and also save 14-million-man-hours.

What are the challenges?

  • Access to devices and reliable internet and electricity was an issue particularly for legislators representing rural constituencies.
  • Lack of training and heightened concerns over security are some more recent issues in the road to digitization.

 

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