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New Delhi:

Parliamentary communications may soon switch to a paperless system called e-Sansad that will allow the secretariat, ministries, members and citizens to securely access information digitally, officials familiar with the matter said on Saturday.

The government is also examining global best practices as it plans the new e-Sansad initiative for a Digitally Enabled Parliament.

The government is working to introduce advanced technological capabilities for the new parliament being built, a parliamentarian familiar with the initiative said. “The system borrows from the best practices of several parliaments around the world and takes examples from the Estonian model and from two other countries,” the MP said on condition of anonymity.

E-Sansad aims to create an “internationally competitive ecosystem to provide a centralized electronic platform that facilitates end-to-end information flow and is neutral and open to ensure secure exchanges between stakeholders”, while maintaining confidentiality, documents reviewed by Hindustan Times Show.

The project is still in its early stages, officials from the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (Meity) said. “The government is considering a merged platform that will streamline the flow of information,” an official said. “The government is working with parliamentarians and getting their comments on the project. “

On December 15, the government released a document detailing the project’s agenda, which is managed by the Information and Communication Technologies Management Committee (GTIC). The committee works with the National Computer Center, which provides computer programming support to the government.

HT contacted Meity’s secretary Ajay Sawhney, who did not respond immediately.

Two sub-committees have been formed under the ICTM, officials said. One of them will review existing systems, identify gaps and prepare recommendations. The other will flesh out the concept of a futuristic Parliament by studying global best practices.

The committees will prepare the ground for developing an application similar to the National e-Vidhan Application (NeVA), which is used by some state legislatures. It will also use a version of Sandes, the government’s end-to-end encrypted messaging app.

E-Sansad will include functionality for multiple stakeholders from Lok Sabha President, Rajya Sabha President, Members, Secretariat, Ministers, Ministries, Digital Library and the general public. This would facilitate the tracking and traceability of documents while ensuring data confidentiality, according to the document cited above.

For the speaker and the president, the functionalities can include access to the list of business of the Chambers, the list of questions, documents to be tabled, bills to be presented, zero hour discussions, etc. Similar arrangements will also be made for ministries.

For parliamentarians, it will detail their commitments to Parliament for the day, committee meetings, opinions, attendance, communications received and sent, full committee activities and even payment details. The secretariat will be able to access the activities of the Bureau of the Bureau, matters branch, committees, legislative branch and others, including members’ salaries and allowances, social assistance and services.

Basic business systems will cover submission of inquiries, opinions, pre-processing documents, support for session activities, connection with stakeholders and dissemination of information.

E-Sansad “will revolutionize” the Parliament by “the integration of the functionalities of the stakeholders, the transparent navigation of information, the ease of dissemination, research based on artificial intelligence, the development of the cloud with a single point of access and the automation of Sansad processes, ”the document said.

The public platform will provide citizens with access to member profiles, constituency reports, questions raised, responses submitted, bills, committees, summary of debates and government assurances. The Debate Portal will also contain a video archive, verbatim records of the debates, and use keyword mapping to search for bills, sector, legislation and members.


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