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Odisha Assembly To Upgrade Into e-VidhanSabha After Winter Session

Bhubaneswar: The Odisha Legislative Assembly is to go paperless in line with the e-Vidhan model of the Himachal Pradesh legislative assembly, informed Speaker Surjya Narayan Patro on Saturday.

Speaking to OMMCOM NEWS, Patro said that some delegates from Odisha including him had visited Himachal Pradesh legislative assembly last year and after studying the infrastructure decided to upgrade Odisha Vidhan Sabha into e-VidhanSabha.

In accordance with it, the National e-Vidhan Application (NeVA) will be implemented in the Odisha Assembly. The application can be downloaded on a smartphone through which one can access the discussions held in the Vidhan Sabha and the details of the MLAs.

Among the requisites to implement the e-Vidhan project in Odisha Assembly, the work of Wi-Fi facility in the assembly, establishing State Wide Area Network (SWAN), LAN, and videoconferencing facility have been completed.

Based on the work, the parliament has approved to allocate funds at a 60:40 ratio between the Centre and State. The Centre has already sanctioned the first installment in this regard yesterday, said Patro.

He further informed that all the legislators have already been provided with iPads and Laptops. Computers have also been installed in the Assembly to assist the 346 employees. With all the infrastructural work over, the final step is the training of the employees.

While some employees have already been provided training through OCAC, department-wise training of the employees will commence in the premises of the Assembly from the coming week.

Just after the end of the Winter Session, the Assembly will go paperless. Starred and unstarred questions and answers will now be available in the NeVA application and the legislators can apply online. They will be imparted training for the proper handling of the new application.

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