11 September 2019
Bhubaneswar: A six-member official delegation from Parliament will be in Odisha this week to train the legislators on different aspect of parliamentary representation. There are many first-time MLAs elected to the Odisha Assembly this time, said Speaker Surya Narayan Patro. These legislators and the old-timers will be trained on Parliamentary practices in India and Vidhan Sabha (Legislative Assembly) ethics, at the workshop.
There will also be an elaborate discussion on the grants by Centre to the State. The legislators will be trained to present their constituency matters in an effective manner on the floor of the house, added Patro.
"An innovative mobile app will be introduced very soon by which general public and public representatives can track the assembly proceedings online. Besides, we are transitioning towards a paperless Assembly by minimising paper work. The legislators will be given gadgets for official purposes. There will be a meeting of the Works and Finance Department to prepare an infrastructure for this purpose," Patro added.
The legislators have welcomed this transition to paperless assembly. Congress MLA Santosh Singh Saluja said that a Committee under the leadership of the Speaker had toured Himachal Pradesh recently. "The Committee has made a detailed assessment on this proposal. Very soon our Odisha assembly's transactions will be computerized."
Newly elected MLA Susant Rout said that it was a learning process for him and he welcomed the move towards paperless assembly. "The upcoming workshop will be very beneficial, especially for new-comers like us," he added.