Kerala assembly to be digitised; First phase completed


S N Jayaprakash

PC George giving a funny gesture to E S Bijimol's question during the introduction of E-Niyamasabha software

Thiruvananthapuram: The first phase of making the Kerala assembly paper-free has been complete. The software ‘E-Niyamasabha’ and the related equipment are implemented. When the Governor’s policy address on January 29 is displayed on the digital screen, the assembly will enter into a digital age.

Username and password

As soon as the MLA enters the assembly, he/she should login in the touch screen in front of their seat. Everyone will be provided a username and password. When they login, a window including a photo of the user will be opened on the screen. They can also know the procedure to be taken in the assembly at the time and the attendance details of the MLA.

If the MLAs want to inform anything to the Speaker, they can chat with him through the screen instead of manually passing a written message. In the next phase of digitalisation, MLAs can post questions and resolutions through IPad. The government files also can be seen on the screen.

Alert and paper bundle

The MLAs are given a bundle of papers to inform them regarding the procedures to be taken next day. With the digitisation, this can be replaced with an online alert. However, this session will not be completely digitised and will remain to be a mix of digital and paper.

Rs 53 crore was allotted for digitisation of assembly. Though the estimate was less than this amount, Rs 50 crore annually spent for printing and paper can be saved through digitisation.

Attendance

Many MLAs were anxious about the attendance in the assembly. Now they can sign in the attendance register at the entrance without entering the assembly. In future, they will be granted attendance only if logged in from the assembly. However, MLAs will be allowed to record their attendance with the Speaker’s permission.

Neutral button changes colour

At present, those who prefer to remain neutral during voting press a blue button. But the new software has changed this to yellow. The screen for MLAs is yet to be set up. After the policy address, the MLAs will be trained on the new system.

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