08 December, Mumbai
Maharashtra State Legislature has become the first in the country to launch an online mechanism for legislators to send questions and move different motions in the House.
A separate website has been launched recently and all the Members of Legislative Assembly and Council have been given access to the website so that they can send their questions and requests to move different motions like calling attention and half-an-hour discussion on the topics of their choice during the sessions.
The use of the software has begun with the ongoing Winter Session of State Legislature in Nagpur.
Detailing on the new system, Principal Secretary of the State Legislature said that presently eight parliamentary devices are available for legislators to use online. Legislators from the innermost parts of the state are accessing the software and using it.
More than 28 per cent of the questions that have been received by the Secretariat for the Nagpur session have come online. Our correspondent reports, the State Legislature has received 10,573 questions in all, of which 3,000 were received online. Of the 7,141 questions received for the Legislative Assembly, 1,053 have come through the website. The remaining 3,432 questions have come from MLCs to be taken up in the Legislative Council and they included 208 questions which were received online.
The response is being considered quite encouraging as it has only been a month since this website was launched and training was provided to MLAs and MLCs and their Personal Assistants to use the software.
The traditional system of offline questions would be allowed for the ensuing Budget Session in March next year, after which it is proposed to convert the whole system to the online one. According to the official estimates, the move would help reduce the relevant expenditure by at least twenty per cent with reduction in the manpower requirement.