BJD MP Baijayant Panda’s ‘paperless Parliament’ proposal implemented

New Delhi/ Bhubaneswar: Recommendation by BJD’s Kendrapara MP Baijayant Panda to make Parliament business paperless has been implemented from the ongoing winter session of Parliament. In this regard, Lok Sabha speaker Sumitra Mahajan launched the refurbished version of the existing Lok Sabha website with a number of new features. She said that her endeavour will be to make Parliament a paperless organisation.

According to sources, all the papers and reports will be uploaded immediately after they are tabled in the house. After required training on accessing the documents is provided to all the MPs, all the members will have to use the documents in their electronic form, added sources. In a bid to provide the required hardware to MPs to use the new system, the Parliament will reimburse the cost of devices used by the members and internet facility at the house will be upgraded to 4G, informed sources.

In a letter dated July 22, 2014, Panda in a letter to Mahajan had proposed making the Parliament business paperless.

“Far too much paper is used and circulated in Parliament and among the Members’ of Parliament at enormous cost and with dire environmental consequences. While I understand that information circulation in Parliament is crucial, it can also be made available online for MPs to access from their personalised laptops or e-tablets provided by the Parliament, Panda highlighted in his letter.

Panda had suggested that the current system of circulating parliamentary papers (starred and un-starred questions, bills, annexures and reports tabled in Parliament) in hard copy should be updated to provide MPs an option to opt for hard copies if they prefer, but the default options should be electronic versions.

This move will lead to significant environmental and cost benefits, noted Panda in his letter.