Assembly proceedings likely to go online


 The infrastructure at the state legislative assembly has been upgraded for the five-day assembly session beginning on January 28 and soon-to-follow longer budget session, with the House gradually moving towards paperless administration.
The state legislative assembly has already begun the on-line interaction with different government departments by sending them the questions received from different legislators through electronic mail. The replies are also received on-line. The assembly is expecting to receive e-questions from the MLAs from the budget session onwards.   
The forthcoming assembly session will begin with the conventional address of the Governor, Mr B V Wanchoo. The opposition Congress legislators have already submitted more than 800 questions for discussion.
The upgradation of the legislative assembly further includes provision of surround sound in the House as well as setting up of five High Definition (HD) cameras to cover the daily proceedings. In addition, a LCD screen in the House will display the questions and the corresponding written answers as soon as the MLAs raise questions during the Question Hour.  
Furthermore, there are efforts to release on-line details of all the discussed questions and their answers by same evening or next morning, on the website of the legislative assembly. 
Some works such as the software installation, placing underground and concealed wiring, and providing new speakers as well as earphones for the press gallery are almost complete. The legislative assembly will also provide HD feed of the House proceedings to the television news channels.  [NT]