National workshop on e-Vidhan begins

Need of transparency in working of assembly: Thongdok

ITANAGAR, Nov 26: Legislative Assembly Speaker TN Thongdok on Monday presided over the inaugural session of the two-day national orientation workshop on ‘National e-Vidhan Application (NeVA)’, organized by the state legislative assembly in collaboration with the union parliamentary affairs ministry, at the legislative assembly here.
E-Vidhan is a mission mode project under the ‘Digital India’ programme on the theme of ‘One nation, one application’.
The NeVA is to be implemented in all the states’ and union territories’ legislative locations. It is a sophisticated e-governance solution, which fully automates the functioning of legislatures and significantly minimizes paper usage with online communication, in line with the Centre’s ‘Go Green’ initiative.
The two-day workshop includes technical sessions and group discussions, which would expose the delegates to the positive attributes of the NeVA. Issues faced by different state legislatures in implementation of e-Vidhan, and finding solutions thereof, would also be deliberated.
The focus of the workshop would be to encourage all state legislatures to move towards the e-Vidhan platform and bring in transparency, accountability and responsiveness in their conduct of business, through the use of technology.
Addressing the delegates in the inaugural session, the speaker stressed the need of transparency in the working of the assembly, and said information regarding the functioning of the Houses should be available in real time, “in a format that is user-friendly and increases its applicability for the member.”
He expressed hope that the NeVA would bring legislatures closer to the citizens, “thereby taking a decisive step in achievement of substantive democracy.”
Earlier, in his special address, Union Parliamentary Affairs Secretary SN Triparthi briefed about the salient features of the NeVA and how it helped the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha.