Four years on, govt fails to implement e-assembly project

Four years on, govt fails to implement e-assembly project
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Srinagar: As the budget session of Assembly is nearing closure, the government has again failed to implement the e-assembly project which was conceived in the year 2014.
Official sources told Kashmir Reader that Minister for Information Technology Imran Raza Ansari had called for a high level meeting of officials of concerned departments some days before the start of budget session to give final touches to the ambitious paper less assembly session- e-assembly project. However the non-implemnnation of the paper less assembly session left the question mark on the efficiency of the concerned departments in implementing the vital project.
Official sources also said that Minister assured the officers that necessary help would be provided to them by the IT department to make e-Assembly project successful.
Official sources added that Secretary IT Saughat Biswas had informed the meeting that the Jammu and Srinagar Assembly would get WiFi service, which could be availed by anyone during the budget session.
The meeting was also informed that training session of secretariat officers was going on in full swing to acquaint them with the usage of the e-Assembly software, sources said. They said the paper based work was a very hectic process during assemble sessions taking place in Srinagar and Jammu. According to many government officials during two assembly secession, every legislator can ask 10 questions to government regarding any department. For reply the department collects the information from sub- ordinates officers, HODs, directors, and chief engineers of the concerned department.
After that the concerned administration finalizes and then they forward it to the assembly secretary. The relies are in turn tabled on the House and its copies are circulated among the legislators and approved media persons.
“During the whole process all the men and machinery of government are busy with this. Apart from this a lot of paper is consumed. By submitting the online reply, a lot of revenue and time can be saved,” an official said.
Sectary Assembly MR Sing told Kashmir Reader that e-assembly project couldn’t be implemented.
However he said it is mandate of IT department to decide its implementation.
“Two meetings were held regarding e-assembly but nothing has been done,” he said adding its implementation would bring transparency and promptness in assembly related work during session.
Secretary Information Technology department Saughat Biswas said that a lot of progress has been achieved on the project. However, he said, the NIC engineers were trying to understand the proper functioning of assembly sessions for successful launch of the project.

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