Odisha To Have E-Vidhan Sabha

Bhubaneswar: Odisha Government has already taken decision to have e-Vidhan Sabha (e-Assembly) in the State in near future. This will be like the e-assembly in Punjab’s Chandigarh and Himachal Pradesh’s Shimla.

Informing media today, Odisha Assembly Speaker Surya Narayan Patro said, “E-Vidhan Sabha (e-Assembly) is in effect in Punjab’s Chandigarh and Himachal Pradesh’s Shimla. Everything is being operated electronically. We have also formally decided to implement it in our Assembly.”

He further informed, “But the process has been delayed inordinately. Some of our officers had been to Shimla to have knowledge of it. Yesterday, I have directed them to present me a report on it.”

He added, “After the report is received and seal of approval is accorded by our Chief Secretary as well as finally approved by me (Speaker), it will be sent to the Central Government. Funding will be shared by both the Centre and the State. Our State Government has already taken decision for the fund sharing. Soon after the sharing funds available, we’ll proceed on its work.”

On being asked about the all party meeting convened by him, he clarified, “When the Assembly session is going to be convened for the first time soon after the elections, it’s my duty to ensure how the proceedings of the House run smoothly taking the opposition into confidence. Hence, I have convened an all party meeting of all the leaders of opposition parties. It is a need and it is also the responsibility of all of us to fulfill it. This meeting will obviously be held before the Assembly session that begins from June 25.”

The Speaker also informed, “Now we have above 63 first timer MLAs elected to this Assembly. I had discussed with the Parliamentary Affairs Ministry of the Union Government. As Parliament is also going to be in session this month and the central officers have no leisure, they aren’t ready to come over here now. They have given time for September. Thus, they will have a three-day training session in September and coach our first time MLAs on Constitution of India, parliamentary practice, assembly practice, etc.”

He further informed, “Before our Assembly gets into session, we have decided to have a training session on our assembly practice and procedure. The date will be fixed today. Booklets have already been distributed to all the first time MLAs. By doing so, they wouldn’t face any problems in the Assembly.”


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